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Indiana Jones 5: Release Date, Cast And Other Things We Know So Far

Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark

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It was only a matter of time before Indiana Jones whipped himself into shape to swing back onto the big screen for another major movie spectacle. It has been more than a decade since the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which some might agree is not one of the best Indiana Jones movies, but, hopefully, whenever Indiana Jones 5 inevitably comes along, it will serve as a more fitting finale for one of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. For now, however, let's take a look at what we know about Indiana Jones' long-promised sequel.

Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The Indiana Jones 5 Release Date Is Set For July 2022

Indiana Jones 5 was first announced around 2016, but it has been delayed several times with the release date constantly getting pushed back in the process. Understandably, everyone is busy and nobody wants to make a sequel that's below their usual standards. As of now, Indiana Jones 5 is set to be released on July 29, 2022, and despite a few on-set instances that we will get to eventually, this release date could be the one that sticks considering how the cameras have already started rolling.

Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Harrison Ford Is Reprising The Title Role In The Indiana Jones 5 Cast

Over the years, many people have imagined who could be a worthy successor to the role of Indiana Jones in a sequel, but Harrison Ford once promised in an interview that “when [he goes], [the character] goes.” The 78-year-old Oscar nominee is keeping that promise by returning to his most famous role in Indiana Jones 5. The sequel is actually the latest of many films on which Ford has suffered an on-set injury (he hurt his shoulder rehearsing an action scene), but he is expected to recover soon so production can continue.

Also part of the Indiana Jones 5 cast are a couple of fellow Star Wars movie veterans including Mads Mikkelsen (unsurprisingly rumored to play the villain) and Emmy-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge of Amazon Prime’s Fleabag fame. James Mangold’s Logan villain Boyd Holbrook and Marvel movies alumni Toby Jones, Thomas Kretschmann, and Shaunette Renée Wilson also have roles. However, the characters that each of these confirmed actors are playing remain unnamed for the time being.

Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones 5 Started Filming In The U.K. June 2021

When it was announced that Indiana Jones 5 would be coming to a theater near you, it was hard to determine when exactly production was expected to begin. There were initial claims that production would start in 2019, with April, specifically, being cited at one point and the thought being that the production ball would roll in the United Kingdom. Later the estimated production start date would shift to mid-2020, with later reports claiming April 2020 as the expected start of shooting.

Of course, there were a few different factors contributing to the production getting pushed back more than a year, including Covid-19 and one surprising behind-the-scenes shake up that we will touch on soon. Luckily, we can report that principal photography for Indiana Jones 5 began in London, England, as of mid-June in 2021. This has been relieving and exciting news for fans, unless you count the Steven Spielberg purists.

Hugh Jackman in Logan

James Mangold Is Writing And Directing Indiana Jones 5

It is still a bit of a strange thing to say, but Indiana Jones 5 will be the first movie in the franchise to not be directed by Steven Spielberg. The Academy Award winner, whose remake of West Side Story is coming out in December 2021, is still serving as a producer on the sequel, but reportedly made the decision to pass the torch to another filmmaker to bring a new vision to the series in February 2020. While the news has made some fans bitter, the announcement of Spielberg’s successor the following May was pretty sweet.

Academy Award nominee James Mangold has done everything from time-traveling romantic comedies (Kate & Leopold), to biopics (Walk the Line and Ford vs. Ferrari), and even superhero movies with The Wolverine and Logan - the latter of which many cite as one of the best X-Men movies ever made. It has also given (most) fans reason to believe that the filmmaker was the right choice to helm Indiana Jones 5 as both writer and director, especially when you consider the classic western tone he brought to the 2017 comic book flick that also could be what this adventure franchise needs, too.

Harrison Ford as Inidana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark

John Williams Is Composing The Music For Indiana Jones 5

Among one of the most famous and memorable aspects of the Indiana Jones franchise is the iconic score. Can you imagine an Indiana Jones movie without that famous tune playing? Of course not! Therefore, it's practically a no-brainer that John Williams has been asked to return for another Indiana Jones movie. It was revealed by Steven Spielberg that he agreed to compose Indiana Jones 5 and confirmed later in 2021, too.

Face-melted Toht from Raiders of the Lost Ark

What Will Indiana Jones 5 Be Rated?

While Indiana Jones 5 has a while before it receives an official MPAA rating, there's little doubt it will be PG-13. While Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom were PG, the franchise has always had a a dark edge, particularly with some nasty foes' grisly deaths.

In fact it was mainly because of Temple of Doom that Steven Spielberg himself championed for a new rating that would serve as a bridge between PG and R in 1984. Since then, both Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull have carried PG-13 ratings. It is also unlikely that James Mangold should tone down the series back to PG, especially by modern standards, and there's very, very little reason to believe that Indiana Jones 5 will be released under Disney with an R rating. Therefore, it's more likely that it will promptly receive another PG-13 rating for the franchise.

George Lucas on CBS This Morning

George Lucas Is Apparently Not Involved With Indiana Jones 5

When George Lucas signed off Lucasfilm, to Disney, along with all of its IP, the director/producer began living a much quieter life, watching his famous properties continue to thrive while he retains little creative influence. When it was announced that Indiana Jones 5 was underway, many people thought it would be similar to the recent Star Wars movies, where Lucas is kept at bay.

While Steven Spielberg claimed in 2016 that his friend and longtime collaborator is still involved with the sequel as an executive producer (adding that an Indiana Jones movie without him would be “insane”), former Indiana Jones 5 screenwriter David Koepp told Collider the opposite just months later. With no further updates to this development since, it appears this will also be the first film in the franchise to not have George Lucas (the man who came up with the idea in the first place) involved. However, we still have Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall (who have also been involved with these movies since the beginning) signed on as producers.

Plenty of questions regarding Indiana Jones 5 still remain, such as what the official title will be, whether or not Karen Allen will return as Marion Ravenwood, or if a fifth installment of this otherwise beloved franchise is something we really need right now. We will let you be the judge of that when the sequel hits theaters in 2022 and continue to update you on its development along the way. .

Will Ashton
Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.