Is Ke Huy Quan’s Short Round In Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny?

Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny!Ke Huy Quan’s resurgence prompted speculation about a return to the Indiana Jones franchise, so is Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny or not? Harrison Ford’s final appearance as Indiana Jones comes as Lucasfilm wanted to wrap up the franchise that began over 40 years ago. Thanks to the four movies that came before it, Indiana Jones 5 had plenty of ways to connect back to the older installments, such as bringing back major characters and actors opposite Harrison Ford. Indiana Jones 5‘s cast includes plenty of familiar faces, but the potential of Ke Huy Quan’s return as Short Round was among the most desired.




Audiences met Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as the child sidekick to Indiana Jones. There have been calls for him to return ever since the prequel movie, which continued upon the announcement of Indiana Jones 5. The hopes only increased as Ke Huy Quan returned to the spotlight in a significant capacity thanks to his Oscar-winning performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once. There are several characters from the franchise’s past who return for Harrison Ford’s final Indiana Jones movie, such as Sallah and Marion Ravenwood. Those looking for a Short Round cameo will be disappointed.



Ke Huy Quan Does Not Return As Short Round In Indiana Jones 5

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The answer to if Ke Huy Quan returns as Short Round in Indiana Jones 5 is a definitive no. He is completely absent from the movie as Indiana Jones and Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) search the world for The Antikythera. The lack of an appearance by Ke Huy Quan comes despite his repeated presence at various press events for the movie and glimpses of him and Harrison Ford reuniting. Not only is Short Round not in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, but the movie fails to even acknowledge or reference Ke Huy Quan’s character in any way.

The fact that Ke Huy Quan is not in Indiana Jones 5 was a decision that was made during the development process and not changed by the movie’s creative team despite seeing the actor’s Oscar-winning rise. Director James Mangold explained in an interview with IGN one reason why Short Round does not return to join Indiana Jones and Helena on this adventure. The reason given is that Mangold “didn’t want another adult along for the ride” so he could keep the focus on Harrison Ford’s final Indiana Jones appearance and introduce Helena.

Why Ke Huy Quan Has Not Played Short Round After Temple of Doom

Short Round looking at Indy in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The lack of another appearance of Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny or any other movie after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is certainly disappointing but also explainable. This is partially because Ke Huy Quan’s character was introduced in a prequel movie based on the Indiana Jones movie timeline. Temple of Doom takes place before Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the latter introduced Indiana Jones without Short Round by his side. That meant there was something that happened between the two movies that led them to no longer work together, allowing future Indiana Jones movies to easily ignore Short Round.

Another potential reason why Short Round has not returned since Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is that Ke Huy Quan’s career did not quite take off as expected following the breakout role. After making his acting debut in the 1984 prequel movie, Ke Huy Quan had a major role in Goonies the very next year. He sparingly landed roles after this for the next decade before he took a massive break from acting after 2002 before landing his role in Everything Everywhere All At Once almost two decades later. Since only one Indiana Jones movie was made during this time, there were limited opportunities to bring him back.

Ke Huy Quan’s Short Round Return Is The Best Way To Continue The Indiana Jones Franchise

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Short Round and Indy hug

Ke Huy Quan’s Short Round might not be in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, but he could still have a future with the franchise. Lucasfilm has been clear that the movie is the last appearance by Harrison Ford and that no one else will play Indiana Jones going forward. This means the studio needs to find other characters to focus on if they want to make more Indiana Jones movies. The rumored Disney+ series about Marion Ravenwood’s father is one example of how they could do that. However, a show or movie following Ke Huy Quan as Short Round is the best way for the franchise to continue.

The lack of an appearance by Ke Huy Quan in Indiana Jones 5 or any other sequel means the franchise has a blank slate to explore what happened to Short Round after Temple of Doom. A spinoff could explore what his life has been like, see how he has followed in Indiana Jones’ footsteps, and bring an entirely new perspective to the franchise. The resurgence of Ke Huy Quan’s career, which includes working on multiple Disney+ shows already, could only increase the odds that he returns sooner than later, even if Short Round is not in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Source: IGN

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