‘Indiana Jones 4′ Loses Sean Connery As Indy’s Dad, Picks Up John Hurt

It's unknown what character Hurt will play in long-awaited sequel, due May 2008.

From George Lucas to Harrison Ford to Shia LaBeouf to Steven Spielberg, the principal players in “Indiana Jones 4″ have been tightlipped regarding what fans can expect to see in the famed archaeologist’s next adventure.

We know now, at least, what we won’t see: Sean Connery, who retired from acting in 2005, announced Thursday (June 7) that he won’t be returning to play Indy’s father, according to IndianaJones.com.

“I thought long and hard about it, and if anything could have pulled me out of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film. I love working with Steven and George, and it goes without saying that it is an honor to have Harrison as my son,” the 76-year-old Scottish actor declared. “But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun.”

Despite his reluctance to join his son for another adventure, Connery did have a bit of fatherly advice for star Harrison Ford. “Demand that the critters be digital, the cliffs be low, and for goodness sake keep that whip by your side at all times in case you need to escape from the stunt coordinator!” Connery instructed.

And should Harrison and company come through with flying colors, Connery says he’ll be the first in line to watch.

“This is a remarkable cast, and I can only say, ‘Break a leg, everyone,’ ” Connery said. “I’ll see you at the theater!”

While Connery is out, John Hurt has joined the cast; it is unknown what role the 67-year-old thesp will play.

Hurt joins previously confirmed castmembers Ford, LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett and Ray Winstone in the Spielberg-directed flick, which begins shooting next week in New Haven, Connecticut. Indiana rides off into another adventure, and into theaters, May 22, 2008 (see “George Lucas Says Indiana Jones Will Return In May 2008″ ).

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