Harrison Ford is back in adventure mode in the opening images of Indiana Jones 5, which debuted exclusively through Empire magazine. Along with some photos comes confirmation that Ford is being aged with visual effects so that Indiana Jones appears in the film at his age from the original trilogy. The de-aging technology is only used in the film’s opening scene, which takes place in a castle in 1944 and pits Indiana against a group of Nazis.
“Then we argue and you find yourself back in 1969,” said director James Mangold, who is taking over filmmaking duties on the Steven Spielberg franchise. “So that the audience does not experience the change between the 40’s and 60’s as an intellectual conceit, but literally the privateer spirit of those early days… and then the beginning now.”
“I hope you just look at it and say, ‘Oh my god, they just found footage, although that’s being talked about in terms of technology. They shot that 40 years ago,'” added producer Kathleen Kennedy. “We let you immerse yourself in an adventure, something that Indy is looking for, and you immediately feel, ‘I’m in an Indiana Jones movie.'”
As Empire magazine reported, “Several techniques were used to create the sequence, including new ILM software that combed through archival footage of the younger Harrison Ford before matching it with freshly shot footage.”
Ford said it was “a little bit scary” to see himself rejuvenated, but he added, “This is the first time I’ve seen it where I believe it… I don’t even believe it.” want knowing how it works, but it works. It doesn’t make me want to be young though. I’m glad I earned my old age.”
Most of Indiana Jones 5 is set in 1969 and plays against the space race. The film will return the franchise to its Raiders of the Lost Ark roots by pitting Indiana against the Nazis once again (hence the 1944 opening). A key action set piece from the film takes place at the Apollo 11 Goggle Parade in New York, which took place on August 13, 1969.
“The simple fact is that the moon landing program was run by a bunch of ex-Nazis,” co-author Jez Butterworth told Empire. “How ‘ex’ they are is the question. And it’s in Indy’s nose…”
Mads Mikkelsen plays the Indiana Jones 5 villain, a man named Voller who is inspired by the real-life Nazi Wernher von Braun-turned-NASA engineer. The actor teased: “He’s a man who would like to correct some of the mistakes of the past. There is something that could make the world a much better place to live in. He would love to get his hands on it. Indiana Jones wants to get her hands on it, too. And so we have a story.”
In addition to Ford and Mikkelsen, the film stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Toby Jones, Antonio Banderas and John Rhys-Davies.
The fifth Indiana Jones film comes at a time when Disney and Lucasfilm are hoping to revitalize the franchise in more ways than one. diversity exclusively reported earlier this month that Disney is actively trying to develop an Indiana Jones TV show for Disney+. The Mouse House and Lucasfilm have recently raised the possibility of a streaming show in the world of the world-spanning archaeologist in general meetings with writers.
Disney releases Indiana Jones 5 in theaters nationwide on June 30, 2023.