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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Director Explains Why Ke Huy Quan’s Short Round Doesn’t Return in New Movie

Published on June 16th, 2023 | Updated on June 16th, 2023 | By FanFest

Last night marked the grand premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny in Los Angeles, and among the many stars in attendance was Ke Huy Quan. Quan, who won an Academy Award earlier this year for his remarkable performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once, is best known for his memorable childhood roles as Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Data in The Goonies. Fans have been eagerly hoping for Quan’s return to the Indiana Jones franchise ever since he reunited with his Indy co-star Harrison Ford at D23 last year. Unfortunately, Quan does not appear in the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones series, and director James Mangold recently explained the reasoning behind this decision in an interview with IGN.

“Our main focus was to create a story that made sense in the present, specifically the 1969 portion of the film,” Mangold stated. “As you may notice, the only constant companion throughout the entire journey is Indy himself, accompanied by Helena Shaw (played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge). I felt it was crucial to have a female lead who could challenge him. While we considered various options, we ultimately decided against having another adult accompanying them on their adventure.”

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Director Explains Why Ke Huy Quan's Short Round Doesn't Return in New Movie

Mangold also expressed his excitement for Quan’s recent success, stating, “It’s truly thrilling to see what he has accomplished this year, and I’m genuinely happy for him as he showcases his acting talents and incredible martial arts skills.”

Reflecting on his personal connection to the Indiana Jones franchise, Mangold shared his experience of watching Raiders of the Lost Ark on its 42nd anniversary. “I vividly remember watching it alone during the first matinee at Orange County Cinema in Middletown, New York. I was completely blown away,” Mangold recalled. “It’s unbelievable,” he added when asked about his feelings as he directs his own Indiana Jones film. “If you go back to that 17-year-old version of myself sitting in the theater, I knew I wanted to be a film director, and seeing Raiders only solidified that desire. But if someone had told me back then that I would be making a movie with these incredible actors on the screen, it would have completely blown my mind.”

The highly-anticipated Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny features the iconic return of Harrison Ford for one last adventure as Dr. Jones. Set to premiere on June 30th, the film follows Indy and his goddaughter Helena Shaw (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) as they race against nefarious forces to secure a powerful artifact. They face off against the enigmatic former Nazi-turned-NASA scientist Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), with an ensemble cast that includes Boyd Holbrook, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, and John Rhys Davies. Directed by James Mangold, this installment marks Ford’s final appearance as the beloved archaeologist.

Don’t miss the thrilling adventure of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny when it arrives in theaters on June 30th.

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