Exactly 40 years after the premiere of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lucasfilm officially began filming for the 5th installment of the Indiana Jones movie franchise.
While there’s been speculation if there would be an Indiana Jones 5 after the mixed bag of reviews that came with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, we’re here to confirm that Indiana Jones 5 is indeed happening. And yes: none other than Harrison Ford himself will don the Fedora once more.
Because as Ford famously said on the character of Indy, “When I’m gone, he’s gone. It’s easy. Get it in [your head].”
Here is everything we know so far about the fifth and final Indiana Jones movie.
Indiana Jones 5 Production
It’s been over a decade since Kingdom of the Crystal Skull premiered in 2008 to largely unhappy audiences. Many suspected that the inclusion of Shia LaBeouf’s character, Mutt, was a transitionary move to put this new character at the helm of the franchise and retire Jones himself.
While Ford was originally skeptical to get on board with Indiana Jones 5, if it really was happening, he wasn’t going to let it happen without him.
On the making of the “fifth and final” movie, as confirmed by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Ford said “We’re not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we are in a position to kill it. We want it to be the best. We’ve got some scheduling issues and a few script things to do but we are determined to get it right before we get it made.”
And they certainly did have “a few script things” to do. The screenwriter from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, David Koepp, was slated to write the next movie. He left the project in 2018 to be replaced by Jonathan Kasdan, co-writer of Solo: A Star Wars Story. So it’s not the first time he’s written for one of the characters that Ford made famous.
His script, however, didn’t make the cut. They ditched it in favor of Dan Fogelman’s screenplay.
Many anticipated that Spielberg would once again direct, since he directed all the previous films. However, they made a switch in 2020, as director James Mangold, who previously worked on films such as Logan and Ford vs. Ferrari, took over the role.
It’s interesting to note that this is the first Indiana Jones film made since Walt Disney Studios acquired Lucasfilm in 2012.
Despite all these changes, we can count on one mainstay of the Indiana Jones franchise; John Williams will once again compose the score.
Indiana Jones 5 Filming
After over a decade of standstill, the team started filming Indiana Jones 5 in June 2021. We sneaked a peek of Harrison masked and in costume on set in Twitter post on June 7, 2021, that featured a set photo.
Exclusive Photo that we got right now!
Harrison Ford sighted on Set of Indiana Jones 5 pic.twitter.com/jVzTB25XIw
— IJ Adventure Outpost (@IndianaJones_ch) June 7, 2021
In the traditional Ford fashion, Indy managed to injure himself while practicing a fight sequence, not even a month into production. Ford returned to filming in September 2021 after his shoulder healed. Ford is well known for sustaining injuries both on and off-set, so this setback was taken in stride by all parties.
As long as he doesn’t sustain another unforeseen serious injury, filming should reportedly wrap in December 2021.
Indiana Jones Cast
Although there was initial doubt of his involvement, there is ultimately no Indiana Jones franchise without Harrison Ford. He signed on one last time to lead the film.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, well known for her creation of Fleabag, showrunning of Killing Eve, and writing No Time to Die, will star alongside Ford. Fun fact: like writer Kasdan, she also was involved in Solo as L3-37.
Mads Mikkelsen, perhaps best known as Hannibal Lector from the show Hannibal, will join the cast. As will Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook, Black Panther’s Shaunette Renée Wilson, and Avengers: Age of Ultron’s Thomas Kretschmann. The latest big-name reportedly associated with the project is Antonio Banderas.
The extent of each character’s involvement or roles is largely under wraps at this time.
John Rhys-Davies, the actor who played Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Last Crusade, told Digital Spy that he would love to return as his original character. However, there are no reports that he was asked to return.
Indiana Jones 5 Plot
In true Lucasfilm style, little is known about the plot for Indiana Jones 5. However, thanks to the YouTube clip below, we can see a train decorated with swastikas and Reichsadlers (the Imperial Eagle) making its way through Yorkshire.
So, yep. The Nazis are back.
We cannot be sure if these are current Nazis. Or if this scene will be part of some sort of flashback. However, we can only hope we’ll hear Dr. Jones utter his famous line, “I hate these guys,” when he sees the Nazis again.
Indiana Jones 5 Release Date
So when can we expect to see Indiana Jones 5 in theaters? If we were going by the original date, we should have seen it already.
The original date, when the film was first officially announced, was July 2019. Then, due to setbacks, they said July 2020. And then they said July 9, 2021. Then they said July 29, 2022.
So, if everything goes to plan, and nothing changes between now and the release date, we should expect to see Indiana Jones 5 on the big screen on June 30, 2023. If Ford is to be believed, it should be worth the wait.
Here’s hoping that this film will be for Ford, what No Time to Die was for Daniel Craig. Ford deserves a good ending for this franchise.
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