Indiana Jones Fan Poster Imagines a Short Round Spinoff Series

Ke Huy Quan as Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Indiana Jones’ former child sidekick, Short Round, gets envisioned as the grown star of a Disney+ spinoff series in an impressive piece of fan art.

While Ke Huy Quan played Indiana Jones’s sidekick Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom nearly 40 years ago, a fan-made poster imagines marketing material promoting his return as an adult for a streaming spinoff series.

The image was shared on Twitter by independent filmmaker Joe Russo (not of the Russo brothers) and created by self-described freelance concept artist Ryan Manda. It shows a grown-up Short Round taking center stage in an Indiana-Jones-like setup. He’s flanked by a skull, a statue and a smaller depiction of Indy and a flashback image of himself and Indy during their Temple of Doom days. It bears the title The Tales of Short Round in a font reminiscent of Indiana Jones marketing material. Additionally, the would-be show is depicted as “streaming soon” on Disney+, which, of course, is wishful thinking.

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The poster is not the first film-related work by Manda. His profile on the portfolio-sharing website ArtStation showcases other images featuring characters and situations from Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twin Peaks and other franchises. According to his profile, he worked for The Walt Disney Company, creating character sketches.

The character of Short Round made his first and thus far only screen appearance in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a prequel set in 1935, a year before the setting of 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Introduced as a spunky, 11-year-old taxi driver in Shanghai, he is essential in rescuing Indiana Jones from the movie’s mind-controlling villain. While the film has been considered problematic in its depiction of race and gender tropes by some critics, Short Round actor Quan still stands by the film.

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Ke Huy Quan’s Comeback

The recent resurgence of Quan is one of Hollywood’s most remarkable comeback stories in recent years. After two high-profile roles in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies in his early teens, his acting career slowed down. Thus, he transitioned to behind-the-scenes roles during the 1990s, among other jobs, as an assistant fight-choreographer and translator on 2000’s X-Men and as an assistant director on Wong Kar-wai’s 2046. It was only after the success of the all-Asian romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians in 2018 that he decided to give acting another shot.

Quan’s comeback role in the highly successful 2022 sci-fi comedy-drama Everything Everywhere All at Once won him several awards, including a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. With that momentum in mind, he has expressed interest in reviving both his roles as Short Round in a prospective Indiana Jones spinoff series and Data in a Goonies sequel. He has several high-profile film and TV projects coming up, including a part in the second season of Marvel’s Loki.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Source: Twitter


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