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[the force awakens cast]Indiana Jones 5 plot, cast and location details

  Thirteen years ago, Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones survived a nuclear blast, psychic communists, CGI monkeys, ancient aliens and middling reviews in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Now, Harrison Ford is officially back in his fedora, having begun production on the yet-untitled Indiana Jones 5 at the beginning of June.

  Forty years since his first adventure, Indy’s latest is already shaping up to be a drastically different affair than his last. Here’s everything we know so far about the yet-untitled fifth outing with the world’s most violent elderly college professor.

  The film is set for release on July 28, 2022. Unfortunately, Ford recently sustained a shoulder injury during fight rehearsals on June 23, forcing him to go on a hiatus from shooting mere weeks into production. A similar catastrophe befell Ford when he reluctantly stepped back into the vest as Han Solo for The Force Awakens and was promptly smashed under the door of the Millennium Falcon.

  The shoot will reportedly continue without Ford while he recovers, and there’s no word yet as to whether the injury will result in yet another delay of the film. As of press time, the July 2022 release date is still on the books.

  Ford is the only recurring cast member confirmed to return, though John Rhys-Davies, who declined a cameo in Crystal Skull, told Digital Spy he would love to reprise his role as longtime Indy ally Sallah. Casting reports have not included Karen Allen, whose Marion Ravenwood tied the knot with Indy at the end of Crystal Skull long after debuting in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Nor have they mentioned Jim Broadbent, who took on the role of Indy’s dean at Marshall College in the last film.

  One thing is almost for certain: The film will not see the return of Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt Williams. The son of Indy and Marion, Mutt was positioned as the heir apparent to Jones. Fans tore the leather-jacketed greaser stereotype to shreds before the torch could be passed. Now, with abuse allegations hanging over the LaBeouf’s head, it appears Mutt’s only legacy will be the time he swung like Tarzan alongside a bouffant-sporting monkey.

  Nobody told me Toby Jones was in #IndianaJones5

  What a fun cast. Gimme dat movie!

  *also gimme a job on day movie

  — Rich “#YesOnHR1” Wojcicki (@Rp_Dub) June 20, 2021

  Casting announcements have come regularly during the pre-production process. Character details are nonexistent, but Ford will be joined by Fleabag darling Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who can now boast appearing alongside Indiana Jones and Han Solo. Mads Mikkelsen is likely to be on villain duty, given his tendency to be Mads Mikkelsen. And recent photos leaked from the set reveal veteran character actor Toby Jones in an elaborate action scene alongside Ford.

  Boyd Holbrook of Logan and The Predator and Black Panther’s Shaunette Renée Wilson round out the cast.

  For the first time in the series, Steven Spielberg is stepping away from directing duties. Dad-movie specialist James Mangold — who previously helmed Logan, Walk the Line, Ford V. Ferrari and 3:10 to Yuma — will direct. Spielberg will remain hands-on as producer alongside longtime collaborator Frank Marshall.

  Stepping into recent Netflix-revisionist Spielberg’s shoes clearly comes with a lot of pressure, so much so that Mangold saw fit to hop on social media to defend himself against preemptive criticism and tell fans to wait until the movie is out to pass judgement:

  Maybe, just maybe, I won’t let you down. I cherish old Hollywood pictures. Give me a little air to make the film. Then make your judgements, okay?

  — Mangold (@mang0ld) June 14, 2021

  John Williams, meanwhile, is on board to rework on the score that immediately came into your head upon reading the words “Indiana Jones.”

  Following the Communist-punching, ‘50s-set Cold War antics of Crystal Skull, Indy 5 will jump forward into the ‘60s, with Mangold indicating it could take place at least partially in NY.

  The Velvet Underground are fucking great.

  That’s it. That’s my tweet.

  (Note — I’m mentally living in 60’s NYC right now cause that’s where all the movies I’m working on take place.)

  — Mangold (@mang0ld) January 22, 2021

  The nuts and bolts of the story are open to speculation, but rumors have frequently mentioned it has to do with the Space Race and will see Indy return to the time-honored (and now more relevant than ever) pastime of punching Nazis.

  The nuts and bolts of the story are open to speculation, but rumors have frequently mentioned it has to do with the Space Race and will see Indy return to the time-honored (and now more relevant than ever) pastime of punching Nazis.

  Dal set di Indiana Jones 5.

  ”Nazisti, io la odio questa gente”.

  Che sia un flashback?

  — Carlo Coratelli (@CarloCoratelli) June 6, 2021

  Whether he’s punching said Nazis in in the ’60s or the past, Nazis will be punched. Early set photos revealed Indy going up against a cadre of goose-steppers traveling the European countryside by train. Fans also spotted a stuntman wearing a mask resembling a younger Ford, and noted the presence of tiny visual-effects dots on Ford’s face… the kind that are typically used for the type of digital de-aging used in Marvel films, Star Wars flashbacks and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. The period details coupled with the presumed VFX work points to a flashback in which Ford will play the younger version of Indy, perhaps detailing some of his adventures as a WWI-era spy alluded to in Crystal Skull.

  ’Indiana Jones 5′ location spoiler…

  Filming believed will take place at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, UK from June 4-12

  — Apéritif (@noforts) May 31, 2021

  Pre-production photos from Bamburgh Castle in the UK also have fans at Den of Geek speculating that at least part of the film could be resurrecting a discarded opening sequence from Last Crusade in which the famed archaeologist squares off with a Scottish ghost. Given Jones’ tendency to globe-trot, though, it’s anyone’s guess what he’ll be up to in that castle.

  ”It’s not the years, honey, It’s the mileage,” Indy famously told Marion in Raiders of the Lost Ark. That was 40 years ago. The famously cantankerous Ford will be a few weeks shy of 80 once Indy 5 debuts, and given the time between films, it’s probably unrealistic to think that Ford is willing to get dragged behind a truck again.

  While recasting is often met with derision, it’s pretty unlikely that Disney is going to let this franchise sit in a giant warehouse gathering dust next to the Ark of the Covenant. In all likelihood, the series will have to follow the lead of Last Crusade and Young Indiana Jones chronicles and allow Ford to narrate a prequel adventure. Or Ford could assume the Sean Connery role, provided they find a more worthy successor to Indy’s whip.

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  And read what Time Out’s critic had to say about Kingdom of the Crystal Skull