Apparently, today is going to be filled with all sorts of tasty Indy 4 nuggets. This morning, IESB tapped into their own well of spy resources in an attempt to back up the info provided by CHUD last week. (Here's where you might want to read that piece before moving ahead, as the following might not seem to make any sense unless you're equipped with all the necessary knowledge. Oh, and these are pretty spoiler-ific details.) First, IESB has confirmed that Cate Blanchett will not be playing Indy's love interest, but instead some sort of Russian villain. There's no word whether her character will be in the vein of Alison Doody's part love interest/part baddie character from The Last Crusade, but my instincts tell me they won't rehash an old storyline.

Next, Shia LaBeouf will play Indy's son, a greaser, who doesn't meet up with his adventurous pops until a pivotal scene in the film. It's true that Karen Allen will most likely reprise her role as Marion Ravenwood, and that she is Shia's mother. All of that stuff about Area 51, Russian agents, South American pyramids and Crystal Skulls is true; in fact, IESB says there will be 13 skulls to be exact. The working title for the film is Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods, but that might be changed to incorporate something about the skulls (Indiana Jones and the City of Gods Who Like Skulls?). Furthermore, the script is indeed a hybrid of several scripts, including Frank Darabont's alien conspiracy take. So, when you see stuff like Area 51, don't automatically assume that belongs with shelved material. Personally, I dig the fact that Blanchett will be a villain and not a love interest -- it will certainly be interesting to see how they use her. Will she be the one squaring off with Indy in his last classic showdown? Stay tuned folks, the news keeps breaking ...