At the D23 Expo on Saturday, director James Mangold was on hand to introduce the first footage of the upcoming fifth, as-yet-untitled Indiana Jones adventure. The house stopped. And for good reason – it is “Indiana Jones 5” The views look incredible.
“I saw ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ in high school, and that’s one of the reasons I became a film director and one of my producers, Steven Spielberg, is one of my favorite filmmakers,” Mangold said of the director. Spielberg’s commitments to the film, he said on stage.
And Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors. And my composer, John Williams, is one of the greatest composers of all time. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with you on this. It reminds me of the other wonderful addition to this cast, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. I was surrounded by tremendous talent and support and goodwill and advice. I think about what it would be like to make one of these films, and think in my mind what these films mean to you and me, and try to bring it back next year.
The “Indiana Jones 5” trailer was fantastic, showing many great moments: Mads Mikkelson as a Nazi, Indie riding a horse through the New York subway, a chase through a Manhattan tickertape parade, and Sallah (played once again, by John Rhys-Davies). We also see Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character, and the trailer ends with Indy whipping out her whip and promptly cracking it on several bad guys. He is a duck.
It really seems to capture the spirit of the original three films, which was sadly missing during the most recent installment, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
After the trailer ran, Ford took to the stage with a visible emotion. “Thank you for making these films such an incredible experience for all of us,” said Ford, his voice shaking. “I’m so proud to say it’s amazing. It’s one of the reasons…” Ford pointed at Phoebe.
Ford continued: “The Indiana Jones movies are about mystery and adventure but they’re also about heart. I’m really glad we have a real human story to tell and a movie that will kick your ass. Maybe I’m happy to be back here…no, maybe not. This is it. I won’t fall for you anymore. But thank you very much. Kudos to Mangold for picking up the pieces and making a fascinating, fascinating film.”
For her part, Waller-Bridge said, “I had the time of my life making this movie. I feel so unbelievably lucky and it’s exhausting to keep up with this guy. These films mean a lot to me too and Jim you have preserved and brought back everything that people love and need from these films. I can’t wait for you to see it! “
“Indiana Jones 5” opens in theaters on June 30, 2023.