Indiana Jones 5 may have been delayed by another year, but we can take comfort in the fact that filming is finally over.
Longtime Indy producer Frank Marshall confirmed on February 27, 2022 that production had been completed after several delays. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the film is ready to hit theaters now that it’s being edited.
At least new director James Mangold has more time to flesh out the long-awaited return of Indy as the fifth film has been pushed back to June 2023.
Don’t panic too much, though, as Mangold – who took over from Steven Spielberg – is determined to make sure it’s worth the wait. “I understand vigilance, I live it,” he wrote on Twitter. “I don’t know if I will make you happy, but my team and I will try hard to make something good.”
The cast joining Ford in a fifth Indy adventure is sure to be exciting, so with that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about Indiana Jones 5 hitting theaters one day… we promise.
Indiana Jones 5: Release Date Announced!
Long story short, Indiana Jones 5 will hit theaters on June 30, 2023 after further delays—which is already a lot.
When it was announced, it was supposed to be in theaters in July 2019. That date was shifted back to July 10, 2020 and then Disney pushed the release back another year to July 9, 2021 and then to July 29, 2022.
As noted above, the film had one further delay as it was moved another year to June 30, 2023 due to Disney changing the host of the film.
Filming finally began in early June at Pinewood and other locations in the UK, but not without challenges. On June 23, 2021, Disney confirmed that Ford had injured his shoulder while training for a fight scene.
Mangold also cleared up all suggestions that filming had been halted, replying to a fan on June 30, 2021: “We’re all doing well. Shooting!”
On September 8, 2021, Ford returned to filming and Mangold revealed on Twitter that production would conclude by the end of January 2021.
He’s only been out a few weeks since filming finished at the end of February, except for the possibility of a reshoot.
Indiana Jones 5: Expected Cast
It wouldn’t be any surprise to hear that Harrison Ford, the man synonymous with the role, will return to play once again. Ford even said that no one else could have played Indiana Jones but him: “When I go, he goes. Easy. Get in [your head].”
After filming finally began in June 2021, we got a glimpse of Ford’s return as Indy from the set.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been cast in the female lead and we’ve been given our first look at her in the film as well.
She joins Mads Mikkelsen (adding another franchise to his CV), Marvel star Thomas Kretschmann, Shaunette Renée Wilson of Black Panther and Predator star Boyd Holbrook.
Details on who they’re playing are being kept under wraps for now, though Mikkelsen has teased that the script is “everything he wants”.
“I thought I was invited to make a character – I think everyone wanted that,” he said. “That’s why they chose certain actors who they thought could produce certain things, and that would be a collaboration as usual.”
Since filming began, it has been confirmed that Toby Jones has joined the cast, alongside Antonio Banderas. Like the other newcomers, their roles were kept secret.
Behind the scenes, legendary composer John Williams has been confirmed to return to print for the film, continuing the journey he started 40 years ago with Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In terms of other returning cast members, John Rhys-Davies told Digital Spy that he would like to return to the role of the much-loved Sallah, who first appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark and then again in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Marion Ravenwood, Indy’s lover in Raiders and Crystal Skull may not be returning. Despite being involved in the film in its early stages, Karen Allen was not contacted when Indiana Jones 5 was officially announced back in 2016.
Does that mean she’s definitely not in it? Not necessarily, as a lot has changed since 2016 and she told Digital Spy he’s ready to explore more of Marion’s story.
Another Crystal Skull star, Jim Broadbent, said in 2017 that he would be “willing” to return to the role of Charles Stanforth, Indy’s boss at Marshall College.
In a surprising move, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has put himself out there as a possible villain in the fifth installment. Now we want to see it!
Indiana Jones 5: Expected Plot
Every detail about what adventure Indy is about to embark on this time is so hidden that she herself might not even be able to find it.
However, according to video shoot, it looks like Indy will face the Nazis again in the fifth film. It’s unclear if it’s just a flashback sequence or if they are the film’s main villains. A set of photos has teased greater time travel…
In general, the film will take place after Crystal Skull and feature, as you might imagine, the older Dr Jones. Ford commented on revisiting the character at a later date, saying: “It’s interesting to see it from a different perspective. It would be fun and a good thing to do.”
It’s been more than a decade since the last Indy outing so, if the film follows this as well (Crystal Skull takes place in 1957), it will be during the late 1960s, one of America’s most turbulent – if slightly brilliant for film nostalgia – some decade .
In fact, the cryptic tweet may have confirmed our suspicions. But no matter what, Kathleen Kennedy has assured fans it won’t be a reboot.
That goes along with rumors that the new film might have something to do with the space race. We may get official confirmation of the plot of the fifth film, though Disney may want to keep us guessing.
Mangold has yet to reveal his plans for the film, but stated that like all his films, he will “find an emotional center to operate in” and he wants to “push” the franchise to “new places”.
Indiana Jones 5 trailer: Any Indiana Jones 5 Footage Yet?
Filming might have wrapped, but after the latest delay, a trailer is probably still not going to be released for quite a while, potentially until late 2022 or early 2023.