On the year of the 40th anniversary of the release of the original classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, momentum is gathering for the release of the fifth instalment of the series, with a recent set leak showing Harrison Ford back in the iconic costume.
It’s the first film in the franchise not to be directed by the legendary Steven Speilberg, with Harrison Ford’s final outing as the swashbuckling archaeologist being headed up by James Mangold. The new director has some impressive credits, however, including 2005’s Walk the Line and, more significantly, 2017’s Logan which fantastically bookended Hugh Jackman’s reign as ‘Wolverine’. It may sound blasphemous, but he may be a more superior replacement than Speilberg, with a recent track record of dark, brooding stories that still retain a strong sense of bombastic fun.
Originally announced back in 2016, it appears as though the production of the yet-untitled Indiana Jones 5 is getting back on track in time for its 2022 release date, even if the plot is still being kept behind tight-lips. Keen Indiana Jones fans have pieced together some clues from Mangold’s Twitter and theorise the film could take part in 1960, and specifically the real-life ‘Operation Paperclip’ which saw former Nazi scientists being brought over to the U.S to help them win the space race. Though, if several of the other unofficial set images are anything to go by, depicting Nazi vehicles, and a de-aged Harrison Ford, it looks as though these rumours could certainly be true and Indiana could be going back to his fascism-punching roots.
Harrison Ford will join a supporting cast that includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, and Boyd Holbrook with production underway in the United Kingdom at the famous Pinewood Studios. Check out the latest set photo below showing a suited and booted (and masked) Harrison Ford, supplied by Twitter user ‘IJ Adventure Outpost’.
Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for release on July 29, 2022, provided there are no more unforeseeable pandemics.