When moviegoers head to theaters to experience Indiana Jones 5they will see an “aged” Harrison Ford, according to director James Mangold.
The fifth installment of the untitled film has an opening sequence that will take place in the years depicted between the last crusade (1989) and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
“I wanted the opportunity to dive into this kind of whole old George and Steven image and give the audience an adrenaline rush,” Mangold told Empire. “And then we fight, and you find yourself in 1969. So that the audience doesn’t experience the change between the 40s and the 60s as an intellectual conceit, but rather literally experiences the buccaneer spirit of those early days… and then the beginning of now. ”
Ford, who is 80 years old, shot new footage for the film that will be combined with archived footage of his younger self using computer software. The original jacket worn by Ford in search of the lost ark (1981) was also pulled from storage and replayed for the new film.
“My hope is that even though it’s going to be talked about in terms of technology, you just look at it and say, ‘Oh my gosh, they just found footage.’ This was something they shot 40 years ago,’” producer Kathleen Kennedy told the magazine. “We’re taking you on an adventure, something Indy is looking for, and you instantly get that feeling, ‘I’m in an Indiana Jones movie.’”
For Ford, seeing himself “aged up” in a new movie is “a bit creepy” and he doesn’t “want to know how it works,” adding: “This is the first time I’ve seen it where I believe it.” However, despite looking young again, Ford says he doesn’t want to be that age again: “I’m glad I earned my age.”
Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for release on June 30, 2023, and also stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Antonio Banderas, and John Rhys-Davies.