- Release Date: July 10, 2020
- Cast: Harrison Ford
- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Writer: David Koepp
Indiana Jones 5 Stars Harrison Ford In Title Role
Hollywood is no stranger to recasting iconic roles (see: Batman, James Bond), but only one many has portrayed Indiana Jones since the franchise started back in 1981. Living legend Harrison Ford will play the character for the fifth and (presumably) final time in this latest installment. Though in the earliest stages of development there was talk Chris Pratt would headline a reboot, both Steven Spielberg and producer Frank Marshall went on record to state Ford will not be replaced. Indiana Jones 5 concludes Ford’s unofficial “legacy sequel” trilogy, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Blade Runner 2049.
Supporting Cast Is Unknown
The previous Indiana Jones films were well-known for their supporting casts, giving the archeologist memorable allies (Sallah, Marion, Short Round) and menacing villains (Belloq, the Nazis). Since the fifth movie is still a ways off, none of these roles have been cast yet. The only official update on the matter is confirmation Shia LaBeouf will not reprise Mutt Williams, Indy’s son who debuted to mixed results in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. On the flip side, John Rhys-Davies has expressed hope to play Sallah again.
Steven Spielberg Will Direct Indiana Jones 5
In stark contrast to Star Wars, this Lucasfilm action/adventure series has been helmed by a single filmmaker from day one. Steven Spielberg called the shots on the first four, and he’s returning for a fifth go-around. When Disney announced Indiana Jones 5, Ford and Spielberg were the two main players attached. During the latter stages of his career, the icon has found a niche in the historical drama genre, but he made a name for himself directing some of the industry’s greatest blockbusters. He’s arguably the best fit for the job.
George Lucas Is Not Involved
Raiders of the Lost Ark was the brainchild of Spielberg and George Lucas, and the dynamic duo collaborated on the first three sequels. But after selling Lucasfilm to Disney, Lucas is now retired from filmmaking and no longer involved in the production of the upcoming tentpoles. Since it was Lucas who pushed for the sci-fi elements that derailed Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, this development is arguably for the best.
John Williams Is Composing The Score
While Lucas isn’t coming back, Spielberg is set to reunite once again with his old friend, composer John Williams. The two have been working together since the 1970s, with Williams’ music brilliantly complementing Spielberg’s sensibilities as a filmmaker – including the now-iconic main Indy theme. Williams continues to deliver outstanding work, earning Oscar nominations for Force Awakens and The Last Jedi in recent years. Hopefully, he’s got another great score left in him.
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David Koepp Is Writing the Script
Another reunion Spielberg will have on Indiana Jones 5 is with screenwriter David Koepp, who previously penned Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Some of Koepp’s other credits include the original Mission: Impossible movie and Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film. His career has been something of a mixed bag considering he is also responsible for Mortdecai, but he’ll ideally be able to craft a fun adventure for Indy and friends to go on.
Indiana Jones Will Not Die
When Harrison Ford returned to the Star Wars franchise for Episode VII, many assumed Han Solo would meet his end (which is precisely what happened). However, something similar will not be in the cards for Indiana Jones 5. The only aspect of the story Spielberg was willing to reveal is that he is not killing Indiana Jones, meaning the archeologist should have (another) happy ending after riding off into the sunset and getting married.
Indiana Jones 5 Is A ‘Continuation’ of the Series
The Indiana Jones franchise sneakily made one of the best movie prequels in Temple of Doom, which in-universe is set one year before Raiders. The creative team won’t be utilizing that approach for the fifth installment though, as producer Frank Marshall stated it’ll be a “continuation” of the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull story. This doesn’t necessarily mean Indy 5 will be a direct sequel, but it reads as confirmation the film will take place after Crystal Skull. Given LaBeouf isn’t coming back, there may not be that much connective tissue.
Indiana Jones 5 Is A ‘Requel’; More Films Planned
Lucasfilm brought back the Star Wars franchise in a big way, expanding the films beyond the Skywalker family saga to make spinoffs like Rogue One and Solo. The galaxy far, far away will continue to grow with Rian Johnson’s new trilogy and another separate series produced by Game of Thrones‘ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It sounds like the Indiana Jones property will follow suit soon, with Disney CEO Bob Iger saying he hopes Indy 5 isn’t just a one-off and they make more down the line.
Indiana Jones 5 Starts Filming In 2019
Spielberg has kept himself quite busy over the last few years, fast-tracking Oscar nominee The Post while Ready Player One was in post-production. He has hopes of directing a West Side Story remake soon, but before he works on anything else, cameras will be rolling on Indy 5. Spielberg wants to start production at some point in 2019, well ahead of the film’s scheduled summer 2020 release date.
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Indiana Jones 5 Trailer Hasn’t Been Released Yet
Because principal photography on Indiana Jones 5 hasn’t commenced and the film doesn’t hit theaters until 2020, Lucasfilm has not released a teaser trailer yet. A preview likely won’t be unveiled until late 2019, perhaps attached to prints of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX, which premieres in December of that year.
There’s No Indiana Jones 5 Poster
It’s no surprise Lucasfilm hasn’t released any marketing for Indiana Jones 5 so far, given how much work has to be done right now. Similar to the trailer, we probably won’t see a teaser poster until December 2019 at the earliest.
Disney’s Deal With Paramount
The first four Indiana Jones films were released by Paramount, but with Lucasfilm now a Disney subsidiary, the Mouse House will distribute the fifth installment (as well as any others that follow). In order to gain full control over production of future Indy projects, Disney and Paramount had to make a deal. Under the terms of the agreement, Paramount will receive a slice of the pie from any theatrically released Indiana Jones film from here on out.
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