For fans of everyone’s favourite adventuring archaeologist, Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny has been a long time coming. The 1960s-set sequel is finally coming to cinemas later this year and we’ve had a few teasers of what’s to come so far.
Notably, this will be the first feature film in the series not to be directed by Steven Spielberg, with James Mangold (Le Mans ’66, Logan) at the helm for this fifth and final outing. Spielberg and series co-creator George Lucas will serve as executive producers instead.
Mangold has said the film is a story about “a hero at sunset”, reckoning with Indy’s advancing age, but what else does this fifth and final film have in store?
Here’s everything you need to know about Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny…
When is Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny released in cinemas?
Barring any further delays, the new Indiana Jones adventure will arrive exclusively in cinemas worldwide on 30 June, 2023.
It’s been 15 years since the fourth instalment, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, which came along a whopping 19 years after the original trilogy-topper Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.
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The earliest rumblings of a fifth instalment came after Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was released in 2008 and have gradually grown louder over time. This is the first new Indy adventure released by Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and later purchased the Indiana Jones distribution rights from Paramount in 2013.
Look for it on Disney+ rather than Paramount+ a few months after the exclusive cinema release.
Who’s in the cast of Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny?
For starters, The Man In The Hat is back. Whatever Disney’s plans after this, Harrison Ford has made it clear that there’s no Indiana Jones without him, and he’s duly returning for this fifth run-around.
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He’s also made it clear that this one is his last, telling Empire Magazine: "I just thought it would be nice to see one where Indiana Jones was at the end of his journey."
Leading the new additions to the cast is Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Helena, Indy’s goddaughter, a character who drags our hero into his latest adventure when she brings trouble to his doorstep.
Speculation abounds that Helena might be related to another character from the franchise, but that’s one aspect of the film that’s being kept under wraps.
Elsewhere, the great Mads Mikkelsen plays the film’s villain, Jürgen Voller, a Nazi scientist who’s found a new vocation in the American space program but still has designs on changing the world.
Other new supporting cast-members include Antonio Banderas and Toby Jones as new allies of Indy’s allies, plus Boyd Holbrook (“I’m a lapdog to Mads, and a crazy one at that,” the Holbrook says) and Thomas Kretschmann as a Nazi colonel.
As for other returning cast members, John Rhys-Davies appears in the teaser trailer for the film, reprising his role as Sallah from Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.
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There have been numerous reports about the return of Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, who married Indy at the climax of the previous film, but these are unconfirmed for now.
One character who definitely won’t be back is Indy’s son, Henry “Mutt” Jones III, played by Shia LaBeouf in the fourth film. Mutt was written out in the earliest drafts of the film when Spielberg was still attached to direct. It’s since been confirmed that LaBeouf’s character is not in The Dial Of Destiny, but Mangold told Entertainment Weekly that we’ll ‘find out what happened to him’ in the new film.
Indiana Jones and The Dial Of Destiny's plot
As with Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, a lot of plot specifics are being kept under wraps, so we don’t yet know much about what the script – written by Mangold, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth – has in store.
However, Empire Magazine’s preview tells us that the film primarily takes place in 1969 and Indy will be pitted against the Nazis again, this time as some of their scientists wind up working for America in the Space Race against the Soviet Union.
Jez Butterworth told the magazine: "The simple fact is that the moon-landing program was run by a bunch of ex-Nazis. How 'ex' they are is the question. And it gets up Indy's nose…"
We don’t know what the titular Dial of Destiny is just yet, but following the franchise formula, we expect a plot McGuffin in the same lineage as the Ark of the Covenant, the Sankara Stones, the Holy Grail, and (who could forget?) the Crystal Skulls of Akator.
What we do know is that the film’s traditional prologue will be a flashback set in 1944, with a de-aged Indy battling Nazis during wartime. Filming took place at Northumberland’s Bamburgh Castle (could we see the Disney logo transition to this location like the traditional Paramount logo dissolves in the previous films?) in June 2021 and we got our first glimpse of the dazzlingly de-aged Ford in the first trailer for the film.
Filming also took place in Glasgow, with the city centre transformed to resemble a ticker-tape parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts in New York City. The event in question took place in August 1969, weeks after the moon landing, so if you’re wondering about this instalment being one small step for man and one giant leap for Indiana Jones, then maybe not.
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Mangold has been on the ball with debunking some reported spoilers too – there’s inevitably a lot of speculation around this film’s plot, but reports of reshoots and poor test screenings would seem to be mean-spirited scuttlebutt.
The director told Entertainment Weekly: "I think that what we're trying to do is balance both an accurate and realistic appraisal of where this character would be at this time in his life, and do that honestly, and at the same time, try and carry forward what the very title of our movie promises, which is a romp and a wonderful adventure with action and chivalry and escapes by the skin of your nose and ingenious solutions to diabolical problems.
"This is an Indiana Jones film."
By all accounts, the film is well into post-production by this point, and before long, we’ll all find out about Indy’s next big adventure in cinemas.
Indiana Jones and The Dial Of Destiny is in cinemas from 30 June, 2023.
Watch Harrison Ford talk about de-aging for Indiana Jones 5