The opening scene of the still untitled Indiana Jones5 will use visual effects to digitally age Harrison Ford, allowing fans to see a younger, familiar face of the world’s most famous archaeologist. With a German ex-Nazi as the central opponent of the film, Indiana Jones5 will flash back to the 1940s, presumably to provide some context for his master plan, before the rest of the movie takes place in 1969. The flashback device isn’t exactly unprecedented; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade began by telling a story about young Henry Jones, Jr. as a teenager before returning to the better known field of the 1930s. However, that flashback was only somewhat connected to the movie’s main conflict, while it seems likely that the new movie will use the flashback as a bigger plot point.
Raiders of the Lost Ark was set in 1936, but the franchise’s second film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, was actually a prequel set in 1935. The last of the original Indy films, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, premiered in 1912 with River Phoenix as a young Indiana Jones, then flashed forward 26 years to 1938. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull then continued in real time: released 19 years after The Last Crusade, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull took place in 1957. In that movie, Indy and Marion Ravenwood finally got married, and in stills from the new movie, Indy is still wearing his ring.
“I wanted the chance to dive into this kind of full George-and-Steven old photos and give the audience an adrenaline rush,” Mangold Empire told.
In that vein, the film opens in 1944 and sees Indy fighting the Nazis during World War II. Then you blast forward to 25 years later, and a more contemporary look for Indy.
“We drop out and you’re in 1969,” Mangold explained. “So that audiences don’t experience the change between the 1940s and 1960s as intellectual conceit, but literally experience the buccaneer spirit of those early days…and then the beginning of now.”
“I hope that even though it’s talked about in terms of technology, you just look at it and say, ‘Oh my God, they just found footage. This was something they made 40 years ago,'” added Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm. . “We drop you into an adventure, something Indy is looking for, and you immediately feel like, ‘I’m in a Indiana Jones movie.'”
Indiana Jones5 is expected to hit theaters on June 30, 2023.
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