After rumors of Ke Huy Quan’s potential return as Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the actor himself now sets the record. Directed by James Mangold and expected to serve as the final installment in the long-running franchise, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny sees Harrison Ford’s intrepid archaeologist once again face Nazis, this time in 1969. Quan first joined the franchise as Indy’s sidekick, Short Round, in the 1984s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a role he has not played since, despite recent excitement about his return.
Prior to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny release date this summer, Quan now finally addresses whether he will appear in the upcoming sequel in an interview with ONE. Unfortunately, it sounds like those hoping for Short Round’s return may be disappointed. Check out Quan’s full commentary below:
“I would like to say [yes], but no. Here’s the thing. I don’t want to disappoint the fans. I’ve joked about it all the time, but to reunite with Harrison after 38 years, that was very special.”
How short round could return to the Indiana Jones franchise
Although Short Round will not appear in the upcoming sequel, it is not out of the question that Quan could eventually reprise the role at some point down the road. Ford has already confirmed that Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be his last time playing the character, but the franchise is also expected to continue in the form of a new Disney+ TV show. The show was first reported to be in the early stages of development last fall, but many details about the project are still unknown.
However, Mangold himself has confirmed that neither Ford’s character nor Helena, Indy’s goddaughter i Indiana Jones and the Disc of Destiny, will be in the show. Setting and character details for the series have yet to be revealed, but it’s entirely possible that Quan’s Short Round could return as either a star or supporting character. After the success of Everything everywhere at onceAfter all, Quan has had a major resurgence in popularity, and bringing him back as Short Round seems like a no-brainer.
Quan himself also expressed interest in the idea of a short round earlier this year Indiana Jones spinoff of some sort, be it a movie or a show. It remains to be seen if the audience has seen the last of Short Round, but a return to Indiana Jones Franchise for Quan after so many years away seems fitting. While Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny may not feature a reunion between Indy and Short Round, Ford and Quan at least had a touching off-screen reunion last year at Disney’s D23 event
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny