It’s been a minute since we last saw Indiana Jones on the big screen, with 2008 Crystal Skull Kingdom proved to be a polarizing entry in the film series. But that didn’t stop Lucasfilm from giving the franchise another try, and after years of delays and setbacks, Indiana Jones 5 is on track to be released as part of the Chalkboard film in 2023. While there’s still a lot we don’t know about Harrison Ford’s next appearance as an adventurous archaeologist, producer Frank Marshall provided an interesting update on the sequel.
Frank Marshall has been a part of Indiana Jones franchise from the start, after earning Raiders of the Lost Ark and Crystal Skull Kingdomand executive produced Doom Temple and The Last Crusade. so far Indiana Jones 5 leaving, Marshall reassured fans that the long wait for the film would be worth the wait, saying A frame:
Hopefully Frank Marshall’s words get Indiana Jones fans a little more excited, because they’ve heard talk of Indiana Jones 5 since not long after Crystal Skull Kingdom go out. The film has been in development for so long that Lucasfilm is now owned by Disney. Oh sure, we have a lot Star Wars movies and TV shows sent from the Mouse House after the acquisition, but quite a long way to go to reach the others Indiana Jones film (there was a time when it was supposed to be out in early July 2019). But as Marshall saw it, Indiana Jones 5 will ship the goods, and there’s only a year left before we see the final product.
One big way Indiana Jones 5 will stand out from its predecessors is the change of director. After directing the first four films, Steven Spielberg handed directing control to Logan and Ford V FerrariJames Mangold, although Spielberg is still attached as executive producer. Mangold is also working on the script with Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, and this is a first Indiana Jones film for not having a hashed story by George Lucas. Plot details remain shrouded in secrecy, but we get our first look Indiana Jones 5 at the Star Wars Celebration in late May.
As far as on-camera talent, Harrison Ford is the only face he knows confirmed for a return Indiana Jones 5although in January 2021, John Rhys-Davies, who played Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade, expressed interest in appearing. Newcomers to the Indiana Jones world include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Toby Jones, Olivier Richters and Antonio Banderas, the latter of whom recently shared his reaction to seeing Ford in Indiana Jones 5 set for the first time. None of their characters have been officially identified.
Indiana Jones 5 finished filming back in late February, and is scheduled to hit theaters June 30, 2023. If you’re curious about what films are left to come out this year, check out the 2022 release schedule.