Actor Bradley Cooper has emerged as the frontrunner to play INDIANA JONES in a new film.

Harrison Ford has spoken about his desire to reprise his role as the daredevil archaeologist, but studio executives are looking to cast a younger actor and reboot the franchise if the 71 year old does not sign on for the project, according to the

Movie bosses have also reportedly approached The Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont, who has written scripts for the The Young Indiana Jones Tv series and movies, to take charge of the screenplay.

Cooper's representatives have yet to comment on the news.