Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One, Hannibal) is set to star alongside Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in director James Mangold’s Indiana Jones 5. There are still no details to share on the plot of the story or who the new actors will be playing. I can totally see Mikkelsen playing a villain in this franchise, though! Whoever he plays, he’s gonna be great.
Mangold recently teased that he was developing a film set in 1960s New York City, and there’s been speculation that this next Indiana Jones movie is that project.
All we know for sure is that Ford will be back as Indiana Jones and it will be the final time he plays the character. This could very well be the final Indiana Jones film that we’ll see. I hope it is. I would hate for Lucasfilm to try and continue this franchise without Ford.
When previously talking about his approach to the new Indiana Jones movie, Mangold said:
“I’m always trying to find an emotional center to operate from. I think the most important thing is, in an age when franchises have become a commodity, that serving the same thing again. At least for me, in the dances I’ve had with any franchises, serving the same thing again, the same way, usually just produces a longing for the first time you ate it. Meaning, it makes an audience wish that they just had the first one over again. So you have to push something to someplace new, while also remembering the core reasons why everyone was gathered. And to use Logan as an example of that, when you’re dealing in a world of a very pressured franchise.”
Mangold goes on to explain his use of Logan as an example, saying:
“For all of the things, and there were many that I freed myself from in the canon, in the baggage, to try and make the best story. The core values of Logan, of Wolverine, and Charles Xavier and the X-Men, were something that I felt we never abandoned. The core ideas of their honor, their sense of duty, and the uniqueness of this particular set of characters that they were outcasts, oddities. Beings that had no home in this world, and yet we’re trying to do good. Were trying to do something right and find their way. Those core issues were at the heart of the movie. And in any franchise I take in, I’d always be trying to capture and make sure that we preserve those core ideas that are at the center, because that’s why these stories are more than franchises. They’re the fairy tales of our contemporary culture.”
Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel will serve as producers. The fifth installment of the franchise will start production this summer and it will be released on July 29th, 2022.