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Sir Sean Connery will not play Indiana Jones's dad in the forthcoming fourth film of the series, the actor has confirmed.

Steven Spielberg is at the helm of the latest installment - slated for a 2008 release - which stars Harrison Ford, Ray Winstone, Cate Blanchett, and John Hurt. Connery, however, says in a statement on his website: "If anything could have pulled me out of retirement, it would have been an Indiana Jones film. But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun."

Connery appeared in 1989 in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and last graced the silver screen in 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Since he's been keeping a low profile of late, the thespo thought it better to "make an announcement", the BBC notes.

The statement adds: "I love working with Steven and George [Lucas], and it goes without saying that it is an honour to have Harrison as my son. I, do however, have one bit of advice for Junior. 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 concludes: "This is a remarkable cast, and I can only say, 'Break a leg, everyone'." ®

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