Ever since it became official that Indiana Jones 5 was happening, fans of the franchise have been wondering who will be returning for one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. Steven Spielberg will be back to direct the film, and Harrison Ford will be returning to his iconic role as Indiana Jones. Still, since the film’s announcement, many have wondered and speculated as to which other members of the creative team and cast might also be joining the reunion for the upcoming sequel.
Now we can confirm that another familiar face (or rather, sound) will be returning to the Indiana Jones series, according to Spielberg. The critically-acclaimed director spilled the beans that legendary composer John Williams, who also wrote the memorable themes for franchises like Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and Star Wars, is set to compose the score for Indiana Jones 5.
Spielberg made the huge revelation to Access Hollywood film critic Scott Mantz while attending the American Film Tribute show on Thursday evening. Mantz tweeted out the news with a photo attached of Mantz interviewing Spielberg on the red carpet prior to the event.
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) June 10, 2016
Williams and Spielberg have a long working relationship dating all the way back to Jaws. The two have continued to work together for many years, with Spielberg even getting Williams to score his first animated film in The Adventures of Tintin. Prior to Spielberg’s announcement, Williams had also already been confirmed to score two other upcoming Spielberg projects in The BFG and Ready Player One. Over his long and prolific career, Williams has been nominated for 50 Academy Awards, of which he has won five (three of those wins were for Spielberg films - Jaws, Schindler's List, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial).
It's not too surprising to find out that Williams will be returning to score Indiana Jones 5, as he and Spielberg obviously have a solid working relationship and so far it seems like Indiana Jones 5 is pretty dedicated to getting the band back together again. The timing of this announcement makes sense, too, as Williams received AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award on the same evening Spielberg announced that the former would be scoring Spielberg's next blockbuster. It may be hard for Williams to surpass some of his earlier work in his career, but a sequel such as Indiana Jones 5 (which, like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is under pressure to get a somewhat derailed franchise back on track) is definitely going to benefit from his talent.
John Williams has also informed Variety that it is his intention to provide the score for Star Wars: Episode VIII before he moves on to Indiana Jones 5, saying (with good humor) “If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters July 19, 2019.