First Full Look At Harrison Ford In Indiana Jones 5 Is Here, And Another Key Detail About The Movie Has Been Confirmed

After years of various setbacks and delays, Indiana Jones 5 finally kicked off filming in June 2021 and wrapped at the end of February 2022. The 2023 movie release is still on track to be released next summer, and at D23 in September, we got our first look at Harrison Ford back as the adventuring archaeologist. However, that official image only showed the character being barely lit by some light leaking into a dark cavern. So not only does today bring our first full look at Ford in Indiana Jones 5, but a key detail about the movie has also been confirmed.

Starting off, Empire Magazine has revealed that Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones is proudly displayed on the cover of its next issue, which drops on Thursday, November 24 (a.k.a. Thanksgiving Day). Check out how Ford’s iconic character is looking these days below.

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The above cover is what you’ll find if you pick up the latest issue of Empire at newsstands, bookstores, etc., but if you’re directly subscribed to Empire, you’ll be privy to an exclusive cover showing artwork of Indiana Jones in the middle of New York City. That’s because, on Empire’s Instagram, the publication confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 will be set in the Big Apple during the 1960s.

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While Indiana Jones 5 director James Mangold teased in January 2021 that the movie would be set in ‘60s New York with a tweet, now we know it’s a done deal thanks to Empire. With 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull taking place in 1957, that means that the next movie will either be set just under a decade after those events or a little over if we’re following along with Indy in ’68 or ’69. As for New York City, while it’ll be nice to see Harrison Ford’s character in this major metropolis, it stands to reason it won’t be the sole location we find him in given how the Indiana Jones movies thrive on globe-trotting.

If all this only just barely whetted your appetite, good news, there’s more. Empire also shared an official Indiana Jones 5 picture, where we see the character on a boat out in unknown waters. 

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Additionally, Harrison Ford told Empire that while shooting Indiana Jones 5 was “tough and long and arduous,” he’s happy with how the movie turned out, saying it’s “full of adventure, full of laughs, full of real emotion. And it’s complex and it’s sneaky.” The actor also said the following about why he decided to reprise Indy again after Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:

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.

Details concerning the type of journey Indiana Jones will find himself on this time around are officially being kept under wraps, but in May 2021, it was rumored that Indiana Jones 5 involves a Nazi scientist who’s been recruited to work on the United States’ moon landing initiative. One thing that’s not a secret is who will be joining Harrison Ford in the movie, as Indiana Jones 5’s cast includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge playing Indy’s goddaughter, John Rhys-Davies reprising Sallah, Mads Mikkelsen allegedly playing the aforementioned Nazi scientist, Shaunette Renée Wilson allegedly playing the CIA handler looking after the scientist, as well as Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones and Olivier Richters. In addition to directing, James Mangold co-wrote the script with Jez and John-Henry Butterworth.

Indiana Jones 5 is slated for June 30, 2023. If you’d like to catch up on Indy’s past adventures while waiting for more news about the upcoming movie, you can stream the previous four cinematic installments, as well as the TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, with a Paramount+ subscription.

Adam Holmes
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