The Walt Disney Company today released the teaser trailer and poster for Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the highly-anticipated fifth installment of the iconic franchise. Scroll down to watch the trailer and view the full poster!
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny stars Harrison Ford as the legendary hero archaeologist and is directed by James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari, Logan). The film will open in theaters on June 30, 2023.
Starring along with Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Shaunette Renee Wilson (Black Panther), and Thomas Kretschmann (Das Boot).
Also starring are Toby Jones (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Oliver Richters (Black Widow), Ethann Isidore (Mortel) and Mads Mikkelsen (Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore).
John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, is once again composing the score.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the follow up to 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which grossed $790.7 million worldwide, with $317.1 million coming from North American theaters and $473.6 million from international markets.
“It’s full of adventure, full of laughs, full of real emotion. And it’s complex and it’s sneaky,” Harrison Ford told Empire magazine in a cover feature. “The shooting of it was tough and long and arduous. But I’m very happy with the film that we have.”
He explained why he would continue with the role after Crystal Skull, in which the hero happily married Karen Allen’s Marion Ravenwood. “I just thought it would be nice to see one where Indiana Jones was at the end of his journey. If a script came along that I felt gave me a way to extend the character.”
“It became really important to me to figure out how to make this a movie about a hero at sunset,” added filmmaker James Mangold about the final Indiana Jones film. “The issues I brought up about Indy’s age were not things I thought were being addressed in the material being developed at the time.
“There were ‘old’ jokes, but the material itself wasn’t about it. To me, whatever your greatest liability, you should fly straight towards that. If you try to pretend it’s not there, you end up getting slings and arrows the whole way.”
The magazine revealed that the new movie finds our hero in 1969, living against the backdrop of the space race. “The simple fact is that the moon-landing program was run by a bunch of ex-Nazis,” co-writer Jez Butterworth told Empire. “How ‘ex’ they are is the question. And it gets up Indy’s nose…”
Mads Mikkelsen plays the villain Voller, who is inspired by real-life Nazi-turned-NASA-engineer Wernher von Braun. “He’s a man who would like to correct some of the mistakes of the past,” Mikkelsen told the magazine.
“There is something that could make the world a much better place to live in. He would love to get his hands on it. Indiana Jones wants to get his hands on it as well. And so, we have a story.”
Empire also talked more about the film’s opening sequence, which had to live up to the previous installments. “I wanted the chance to dive into this kind of full-on George-and-Steven old picture and give the audience an adrenaline blast,” Mangold explained.
The magazine says that the sequence turns back the clock to 1944 and takes us to a castle swarming with Nazis. It features a de-aged Harrison Ford as a young Indy. “So that the audience doesn’t experience the change between the ’40s and ’60s as an intellectual conceit, but literally experiences the buccaneering spirit of those early days,” said the director.
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