By Kieran Burt.
Empire Magazine has unveiled the first images of the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 film, with Harrison Ford and his trusty fedora soon returning to our scenes.
The first full image is of Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones scowling on a boat, going off to lands unknown.
The other images that have been released are the cover art for the January issue of the magazine. The newsstand cover sees Indy leaning on a wall, whip and satchel on his belt.
When the fifth instalment releases, it will be 15 years since audiences last saw the whip in action in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sees the titular hero happily married by the end of the film, which is bound to be a thread writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth will consider.
The pair will write alongside director James Mangold, who has films such as 2017’s Logan and 2019’s Ford v Ferrari under his belt. Mangold faces the difficult task of filling the shoes of the legendary Steven Spielburg, but Spielburg is on hand in a producing role.
In an interview for the magazine, Jez Butterworth revealed that Indiana Jones 5 will be set against the backdrop of the American-Russian space race in 1969, 12 years after the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
He also dropped the bombshell that Indy will be fighting Nazis again. “The simple fact is that the moon-landing program was run by a bunch of ex-Nazis”
This is where newcomer Mads Mikkelsen comes in. He will play the villainous Voller, who, according to Mikkelsen “would like to correct some of the mistakes of the past.”
Empire’s final image is the artwork for the subscriber cover of their magazine. It features Indy in a golden bathed 1960s New York, with the drawing by Sam Hadley.
The January issues of the magazine feature interviews with the cast and crew, including
Harrison Ford and James Mangold.
In a sneak preview, Empire Magazine revealed that Harrison Ford says “the shooting of it [the film] was tough and long and arduous. But I’m happy with the film that we have.”
James Mangold opens up about the challenges of making the film. “It became really important to me to figure out how to make this a movie about a hero at sunset.”
John Williams returns to score the film, and John Rhys-Davies will be returning as Jones’ ally Sallah. Newcomers to the franchise include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, and Antonio Banderas.
Indiana Jones 5 releases June 30 2023.