At the D23 Expo, the public got to see a new trailer. Harrison Ford was also present and got emotional when he announced the end of the series.
Nobody seriously expected that 15 years after “Indiana and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” Harrison Ford would return as adventurer, archaeologist and professor in personal union, Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones Jr. would return to the silver screen. In 2008 he was already 66 years old – an age at which many others are already enjoying retirement. And yet, on June 29, 2023, he will once again go on an adventure around the world with “Indiana Jones 5”.
But where does the now 80-year-old get the strength for these grueling film projects, which are both physically and mentally demanding? It is probably his own claim to say goodbye to the role and the film series that have shaped his career like no other. But it’s also the fans that Ford wants to give a crowning glory after the debacle with the fourth Indy adventure, all four parts of which are available on Amazon in beguiling 4K quality on Blu-ray. To this end, it seems, he feels obligated towards them.
Kino.de editor Beatrice Osuji was on site at the Anaheim Convention Center at Disney’s D23 Expo and was able to witness live how Ford took the stage to thunderous applause from the crowd to release a new trailer for “Indiana Jones”, like the fifth part is officially called to present. Ford wasn’t alone, he was joined by newcomers Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), who appears to be playing his goddaughter, and James Mangold (“Le Mans 66”), the film’s director. Visibly touched and emotional, Ford affirmed that “Indiana Jones” was fantastic:
“Indiana Jones movies are about mystery and adventure, but they’re also about the heart. And I’m very, very happy that we have a truly human story to tell with a film that will kick your ass.”
Phoebe Waller-Cates in particular, he said, is one of the reasons he’s so proud of the upcoming film. Plus, Ford insisted that this was the end, “I’m not going to fall for you guys again,” he joked, referring to all the injuries he’s sustained for the franchise over the decades. Most recently, he injured his shoulder during a rehearsal for a fight scene in the fifth Indy film and had to sit out briefly. In the meantime, however, director Mangold was able to shoot scenes with other actors, so production did not come to a standstill.
It wasn’t really clear whether he meant the end of his career as Indiana Jones, the end of the film series itself or even the end of his film career. Maybe it’s just a clever PR move to further fuel interest in Indiana Jones. But there are many indications that Ford will be retiring from acting very soon. Why else should the mime, who otherwise always acts so confidently, react so emotionally?
In addition to Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, Phoebe Waller-Cates as his goddaughter and adventure companion as well as Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, Olivier Richters and Shaunette Renée Wilson, John Rhys Davies will also be featured as an Indy buddy Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir to return. We have more information ready for you in the video.