For those who have followed the fabled hero Indiana Jones, they will get a sneak peek at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18th before the film hits theaters on June 30th this year. So far, the film has been given a MPAA rating of PG-13. Hollywood icon Harrison Ford will pick up his trusty hat, whip and gun to fight against the evils of the world again.
While it’s difficult to see a now 80 year old Harrison Ford kicking butt. Many are thrilled at the idea of seeing him on the big screen again as Indiana Jones. There is something about the character, music and ambiance this film franchise brings that is truly quite magical. Certainly there is a fair sense of nostalgia about this series.
The film has been given the title of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”. It picks up during the space race of 1969. Once more, Indy will have to fight the Nazis who have given him trouble during past encounters.
The antagonist Voller is a villain which was inspired by Wernher von Braun who later was employed by NASA as an engineer. The artwork or one sheet has been released for promotion which displays Harrison Ford amidst the middle with Mads Mikkelsen as former Nazi Jürgen Voller at the top. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is Indy’s goddaughter Helena Shaw who is near the bottom, plus a plethora of other characters. Waller-Bridge, Mikkelsen, and director and co-writer James Mangold all appeared at Star Wars Celebration in London to present the new trailer during the Lucasfilm panel.
Notably one of Indy’s best buds returns Sallah who was last seen in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, back in 1989. He is portrayed by veteran actor John Rhys-Davies. Other noteworthy cast members include Antonio Banderas as Renaldo, Toby Jones as Basil, Boyd Holbrook as Klaber, and Ethann Isidore.
Legendary composer John Willams himself has also returned to compose the epic music soundtrack score for the film. Producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are also involved with the production as well. This should lead to some kind of continuity with the other films in the series.
While the teaser trailer first premiered back in December of 2022 another teaser for “The Dial of Destiny” premiered during Super Bowl LVII. Harrison Ford was interviewed along with other cast members during a November behind-the-scenes photo shoot for Empire.
When asked Ford had this to say, “It’s full of adventure, full of laughs, full of real emotion. And it’s complex and it’s sneaky. The shooting of it was tough and long and arduous. But I’m very happy with the film that we have.”
Fans might get more Indiana Jones in the form of a television series adapted for Disney+. It is yet to be announced but a development deal is being negotiated. This series could follow a younger Indiana Jones as a prequel to the films or perhaps following another character such as Henry Jones Jr.
This wouldn’t be the first time a young Indy would appear on the small screen. During 1992-1993, “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” aired on ABC. Harrison Ford made a cameo appearance in one episode. Also, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones 2002-2008 starred Sean Patrick Flanery as Indiana Jones and the series was created by George Lucas.
The character seems endearing and many eagerly await to see Indiana Jones do his thing again. Hopefully the film will actually be good and not tarnish the franchise. The trailer can be seen below.