Fans want the Indiana Jones franchise to continue with Ke Huy Quan after his Oscars success
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Calls are growing for the Indiana Jones franchise to be passed down to Ke Huy Quan following his Oscar win.
The actor stole hearts around the globe as he took the stage at The Dolby Theatre for the 95th Academy Awards to accept the award for Best Supporting Actor.
Quan gave an emotional speech about his struggles growing up and how his life’s journey has been the ‘American dream’.
The actor was honored for his role as Waymond Wang in the universally acclaimed Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Quan made his first big splash in Hollywood 39 years ago when he starred in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as Short Round.
His next major role was in the 1985 classic film The Goonies.
After a string of successful films at the box office, Quan was hit with the grim reality of being an Asian American actor in Hollywood.
He faced constant rejection and was pigeonholed for stereotypical roles.
He took a hiatus from acting, which led him to enrol in film school at the University of Southern California, where the actor went on to work as a stunt coordinator and assistant director.
But, following his win at the Academy Awards, people are calling for the Indiana Jones franchise to be passed down to the 51-year-old.
Harrison Ford is officially hanging up the whip for the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and many are demanding Short Round be given his own spin-off film series.
This. It's so rare to see the underdog come out on top. Now they need to give him his own Indiana Jones spin-off series where Short Round repatriates all the shit his mentor/pseudo-father stole.— L.E. Croft (@IndyCroftcom) March 13, 2023
Give Ke Huy Quan an Indiana Jones spin-off franchise as a grown-up Short Round. Set it in the '70s. He's an "obtainer of rare antiquities."— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) March 13, 2023
I'd be there opening night.
One person on Twitter wrote: “Instead of giving the Indiana Jones franchise to a Chris Pratt-type, why not strike while the iron's hot and hand it over to Ke Huy Quan. We know so little about Short Round. Nothing says street-smart kid can't become a treasure-hunting archeologist swashbuckler who hates Nazis.”
Another said: “Give Ke Huy Quan an Indiana Jones spin-off franchise as a grown-up Short Round. Set it in the '70s. He's an ‘obtainer of rare antiquities'. I'd be there opening night.”
While a third shared: “This. It's so rare to see the underdog come out on top. Now they need to give him his own Indiana Jones spin-off series where Short Round repatriates all the s**t his mentor/pseudo-father stole.”
Quan even responded to the idea on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
“If Disney or Lucasfilm ever come to me and say, ‘We want to do a Short Round spin-off,’ I’m there man!” Quan said.
“I love that character so much and it would just be incredible to revisit so many years later.”
Fingers crossed, this eventually gets greenlit.
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