With less than a year before audiences get to see INDIANA JONES 5 – or whatever it will be titled when it's released – on the big screen, franchise star Harrison Ford has been making appearances and hyping up the fifth and possibly last movie to see him take on the role of the daring and dashing adventurer. Earlier in the year, Ford showed up at the STAR WARS celebration to talk about the Summer 2023 film, where he talked about everything from John Williams’ score to donning the fedora once again.
Then in September 2022, Ford appeared at Disney’s D23 Expo where he said he expressed his pride and happiness about INDIANA JONES 5. If you weren’t able to attend the pop culture extravaganza that also saw the reveal of several Marvel and STAR WARS movies, don’t feel left out because here’s a breakdown of what Ford had to say, as well as some other details about the upcoming adventure film.
“This One Is Fantastic”
Just as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was preparing to close out her presentation at Disney’s D23 Expo in September 2022, the legendary producer and studio head told the assembled press and Disney fanatics that she had one more film to discuss with the crowd — INDIANA JONES 5. After inviting to the stage director James Mangold, who provided some comments about the upcoming feature film as well as a sizzle reel of exclusive footage, the man, the myth, the legend, Harrison Ford was called up to talk about the highly anticipated project.
Standing alongside co-star and “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, an emotional Ford looked back fondly on the franchise’s earlier releases while also looking toward the future and the movie he described as being “fantastic,” saying:
“Thank you for making these films such an incredible experience for all of us. I’m very proud to say that this one is fantastic, and [Phoebe Waller-Bridge] is one of the reasons.”
This is just the latest big-budget project to feature Waller-Bridge in some capacity after the screenwriter and actress rose to superstardom with the play-turned-TV-series “Fleabag” in 2016. The Emmy® winner previously appeared in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and helped work on the NO TIME TO DIE script.
“A Really Human Story To Tell”
The INDIANA JONES movies have always featured their fair share of action and adventure, whether Harrison Ford’s iconic character is racing to beat the Nazis to religious relics, battling cults in the heart of the jungle, or trying to stop the Soviets from unleashing aliens. But at the center of each of the first four films is a human element with the archaeologist and adventurer catching up with a long-lost love, reforming the battered bond with his father, or learning to trust the son he never knew existed.
As Ford explained during the Disney D23 Expo, the upcoming INDIANA JONES 5 will stick with that tradition in the sense that it has a “really human story to tell,” saying:
“Indiana Jones movies are about fantasy and mystery, but they’re also about heart. I’m really, really happy that we have a really human story to tell, as well as a movie that will kick your ass.”
That is one element Ford is happy about when it comes to the first INDIANA JONES in a decade-and-a-half. But don’t let this give the impression that there won’t be heart-racing adventure throughout the movie, as Ford pointed out the movie will “kick your ass.”
Indiana Jones 5’s New and Familiar Faces
On top of the action and heart found throughout the first four INDIANA JONES movies, it’s the characters that help make the long-running film franchise such a treat. It looks like that trend will continue for at least another release when INDIANA JONES 5 makes its big-screen debut in June 2023.
Not a lot about the movie has been announced at this time — the official title hasn’t even been disclosed yet — but Lucasfilm has revealed some of the new and familiar faces who will be crossing paths with Harrison Ford’s famous character next summer. As mentioned, Phoebe Waller-Bridge will have a prominent role in INDIANA JONES 5 when she takes on the role of Helena, Indiana’s goddaughter who is something of an adventurer herself. Not much has been disclosed about the character at this time, but expect that to change in the very near future.
John Rhys-Davies played Egyptian excavator Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, during which time he came through and helped out Ford’s character on more than one occasion. Now, 40 years after first taking on the role and more than 30 since he last appeared in the franchise, Rhys-Davies will be back once again when INDIANA JONES 5 lands in theatres next summer.
Also joining the INDIANA JONES 5 cast will be Antonio Banderas, Boyd Holbrook, Toby Jones, Thomas Kretschmann, Mads Mikkelsen, Olivier Richters, and Shaunette Renée Wilson, who will all appear in undisclosed roles.
INDIANA JONES 5 is set to premiere June 30, 2023, in AMC Theatres nationwide.