Here comes another legacyquel for your nostalgia fix. Fourteen years after an alien adventure in which Our Indy was essentially already on a walking frame, Harrison Ford is back in Indiana Jones 5, now officially titled Dial of Destiny. Unlike other Hollywood rewinds of recent — think: Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Ford looks to be very much front and centre of the ensemble, with a story melding the past and present, Nazis and Soviets. And what does that mean? Ford is getting the tried and tested de-aging treatment, of course. Very Scorsese of you, Disney.
To be fair, it’s a pretty grand example of the effect in action: with Indy in German officer uniform a la the oldies, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s archive footage from The Last Crusade or Raiders. But no, apropos of a quick Google search, that’s not the case — this is 80-year-old Ford with a lick of time-reverse paint on him. Elsewhere, we see an older Indiana rushing in-and-around the streets of New York, fighting off bad guys with that classic score, cut through with little piano plinks that say “remember this!?”
Oh, and of course, it wouldn’t be a callback in the present mould without an old sidekick turning up for one last hurrah. In this case, John Rhys-Davies returns as Sallah, Indy’s jovial Egyptian archeologist pal best known for his love of a fez. “I miss the desert,” he says in a voice over. “I miss the sea. I miss waking up every morning wondering what wonderful adventure the new day will bring to us.” Those days have come and gone, Indy says. “Perhaps. Perhaps not.” Chills! Elsewhere, we get first glances at Mads Mikkelsen and Antonio Banderas as our villains, plus Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Indy’s goddaughter.
This is the first Indiana Jones movie not to be written by George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg did not direct, with both duties being placed in more than capable hands: James Mangold, the filmmaker behind Logan, Ford vs. Ferrari and 3:10 to Yuma. Looks like he’s done a bang-up job, to be fair, of blending the heady nostalgia one would want from the last Indy flick with just enough refreshing novelty. Little is known about the story to date, but it’s set in the 1960s during the Space Race between the U.S. and Soviet Russia — not too unlike the ’50s-set Crystal Skull.
Watch the trailer below. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is set to be released in cinemas on 30 June next year.
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