Few movie franchises have had as much success as the “Indiana Jones” series. Including the re-releases, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ films about a swashbuckling, fedora-wearing archaeologist have made almost $940 million at the box office (via Box Office Mojo). The highest-grossing of these is “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” which grossed $317 million in 2008, although that’s due to inflation and the fact that it was distributed in nearly twice as many theatres as “The Last Crusade.”
“Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull” was a letdown for the majority of fans. On Rotten Tomatoes, it gets a great 78 percent Fresh rating from critics, but just 52 percent Fresh from fans. While it isn’t a poor movie in and of itself, it does not live up to the legacy of the other three films.
The stakes for “Indiana Jones 5” are already sky-high. However, with actor Harrison Ford being 80 in 2022 and the length of time it takes to shoot an “Indiana Jones” picture, this will most likely be the final time viewers see Indy as we know him, or at least in the major role.
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The good news is that “Indiana Jones 5” will undoubtedly happen. Here’s what we know about the film’s current title.
When does Indiana Jones 5 come out?
“Indiana Jones 5” is set to hit theatres on June 30, 2023, according to Variety. Its most recent publication date was July 29, 2022, over a year ago.
Fans of the Indiana Jones series have already had to deal with a number of setbacks. The film was initially announced in 2016 and is slated to be released in 2019, with Harrison Ford starring and Steven Spielberg directing (via Deadline). The film’s release date has been pushed out to 2021 after many screenplay rewrites (via Variety). When Spielberg departed the project in early 2020, this, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, prompted even another delay, pushing the release date back to 2022. (via The Hollywood Reporter).
The decision to push “Indiana Jones 5” back to its current release date was made in October 2021, although no justification for the latest delay was offered. The good news is that filming completed in February 2022, which means the picture is considerably closer to completion (via Collider).
Who is in Indiana Jones 5’s cast?
The core cast has been revealed at this point, albeit there is little information about who they’ll be playing or even what their characters’ names will be.
Harrison Ford will play the leading role in the film. He’ll be sporting the fedora for the sixth time this year. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) has been cast as the female lead, however, her specific character has yet to be determined (via Deadline). In April 2021, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal”) joined the cast (via Deadline). Given his extensive background as a villain, he appears to be a strong fit for that type of character. Two months later, Antonio Banderas (“Uncharted”) was added to the cast (via Deadline).
Thomas Kretschmann (“The Pianist”), Boyd Holbrook (“Black Panther”), Shaunette Renée Wilson (“The Predator”), and Toby Jones (“The Hunger Games”) complete the cast (via IMDb). More details about their jobs will most likely become accessible in the following months.
What is the storyline of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?
At this moment, no story specifics have been released, so it’s unclear whose mythical relic Indy will be after this time, which villain(s) will try to stop him, or whether someone from Indy’s personal life will play a role (likely). We can only cobble together a hazy picture of the story based on the limited facts available.
Photographs from the set depicted what seemed to be combat between Roman soldiers. It’s probable that the narrative will feature time travel if some of the movies take place during the Roman Empire. Time travel isn’t ruled out in the Indiana Jones franchise, which contains numerous fantasy aspects (via Digital Spy).
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A video from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in England shows some of the film’s shooting locations, including cars and props that suggest Nazis will be the villains once more (via YouTube). This seems to imply that some of the films will take place prior to 1945. However, another section is set in 1960s New York City, with one scene reenacting the 1969 Apollo 11 astronauts’ procession (via Herald Scotland).
Jumping to all of these different time periods is obviously doable now that time travel is on the table. Otherwise, we’ll have to wait until 2023 to learn more.