It’s been over 40 years since audiences were first introduced to the legendary adventurer and archaeologist Indiana Jones. The first film in the iconic franchise, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” was released in 1981 and has since generated four more films, inspired several video games, and garnered a fiercely loyal fan base. Now, the fifth film, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” is heading to theaters this summer, but first it’ll premiere at May’s Cannes Film Festival.
Disney announced in a statement on April 3 that the fifth Indiana Jones film, which sees legendary star Harrison Ford return once more as the titular archaeologist, will debut at the French film festival out of competition (which means it won’t be eligible for awards). Disney calls the movie — the final installment in the franchise — “a big, globe-trotting, rip-roaring cinematic adventure.”
Disney released the first teaser for the film back in December 2022. It shows the intrepid title character embarking on a series of increasingly dramatic high-speed chases, occasionally accompanied by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays Helena, Indy’s goddaughter. A full trailer released on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12, expanded on what to expect from the story.
Although it’s unfathomable to imagine the franchise without Ford, rumors did circulate in 2019 that “Jurassic World” actor Chris Pratt would replace Ford in a reboot of the Indiana Jones franchise. In a July 2022 episode of the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, Pratt jokingly said he didn’t want to replace the veteran actor, and for an amusing reason. “All I know is I once saw a quote from Harrison Ford, and I don’t even know if it was really him but it was enough to scare me, that was like, ‘When I die, Indiana Jones dies.’ And I’m like, ‘Am I going to get haunted by the ghost of Harrison Ford one day when he dies if I play . . . ?'” Pratt said.
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie, from the big trailer, the cast members, and the release Date to the official poster and stills.