Indiana Jones 5 De-Ages Harrison Ford, First Look Photos | Rare Techy
Harrison Ford is back in adventure mode in the first images from “Indiana Jones 5,” debuting exclusively via Empire magazine. Some of the photos are also accompanied by confirmation that Ford’s aging will be reduced by visual effects, so that Indiana Jones appears in the film as his age from the original trilogy. The anti-aging technology is only used in the opening scene of the film, set in a castle in 1944, where Indiana confronts a group of Nazis.
“Then we fall out and you find yourself in 1969,” said director James Mangold, who is taking over filmmaking duties on the franchise from Steven Spielberg. “So that the audience doesn’t experience the change between the ’40s and the ’60s as an intellectual conceit, but literally experiences the vibrant spirit of those early days… and then the beginning of now.”
“I hope that even though it’s talked about in terms of technology, you just look at it and say, ‘Oh my God, they just found the footage.’ It was something they shot 40 years ago,” added producer Kathleen Kennedy. “We pull you into an adventure, into something that Indy is looking for, and immediately you feel like, ‘I’m in an Indiana Jones movie.'”
As Empire magazine reported, “Several techniques were used to pull off the sequence, including new ILM software that combed through archival footage of a younger Harrison Ford before matching it with freshly filmed footage.”
Ford said it was “a bit scary” to see himself aged, but added: “It’s the first time I’ve seen it in a way that I believe it… I don’t think I even want know how it works, but it works. But that doesn’t make me want to be young. I’m glad that I’ve lived up to my age.”
Most of Indiana Jones 5 is set in 1969 and focuses on the space race. The film returns the franchise to its “Raiders of the Lost Ark” roots, once again pitting Indiana against the Nazis (hence the 1944 opening). One of the film’s most important actions takes place at the Apollo 11 Ribbon Parade in New York, which took place on August 13, 1969.
“The simple fact is that the moon landing program was run by a bunch of ex-Nazis,” co-writer Jez Butterworth told Empire. “The question is how ‘ex’ they are. And that gets Indy down his nose…”
Mads Mikkelsen plays the villain in Indiana Jones 5, a man named Voller, who is inspired by Nazi NASA engineer Wernher von Braun. The actor teased, “He’s a guy who would like to right some wrongs of the past. There’s something that could make the world a much better place to live in. He’d love to get his hands on it. Indiana Jones wants to get his hands on it. And so, we have a story.”
The film stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Toby Jones, Antonio Banderas and John Rhys-Davies alongside Ford and Mikkelsen.
The fifth “Indiana Jones” film comes as Disney and Lucasfilm hope to revive the franchise in a number of ways. Diversity exclusively reported earlier this month that Disney is actively looking to develop Indiana Jones TV shows for Disney+. House of Mouse and Lucasfilm have recently raised the possibility of a streaming show set in the world of Travia Archaeologists while meeting with writers.
Disney will release “Indiana Jones 5” in theaters nationwide on June 30, 2023.