Indiana Jones 5 casting: Star Wars actress to play female lead opposite Harrison Ford

Indiana Jones: Harrison Ford discusses shooting fifth film

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It’s been 13 years since the last Indiana Jones movie was released, but now the fifth and final outing for Harrison Ford’s archaeologist is set to arrive next year. Indiana Jones 5, which is yet to be titled, will be set in the 1960s and helmed by Logan director James Mangold. And now Lucasfilm have cast one of its very own Star Wars actresses as the blockbuster’s female lead.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, best known for Fleabag and playing Star Wars droid L3-37 in Solo, will co-star in the new movie.

Additionally, Lucasfilm have announced that the iconic film composer John Williams will return to score Indiana Jones 5.

The 89-year-old first wrote the memorable movie theme 40 years ago for the first film in the franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Steven Spielberg, who directed the first four outings, dropped out of the role last year so that a new generation could bring their perspective to the story.

Nevertheless, Spielberg will serve as a producer on Indiana Jones 5 alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel.

On the chance of getting to direct the movie, Mangold said: “I’m thrilled to be starting a new adventure, collaborating with a dream team of all-time great filmmakers.

“Steven, Harrison, Kathy, Frank, and John are all artistic heroes of mine.

“When you add Phoebe, a dazzling actor, brilliant creative voice and the chemistry she will undoubtedly bring to our set, I can’t help but feel as lucky as Indiana Jones himself.”

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According to Deadline, production on Indiana Jones 5 is set to start this summer with Mangold currently busy meeting with other potential cast members. As for what Phoebe’s role and the plot will entail, that all remains under wraps just like the title.

Indiana Jones 5 has been in the works for the last few years with Express.co.uk having spoken exclusively with producer Marshall about the project back in 2016.

At the time, he told us that the story was “very secretive” and that he was against the idea of recasting the role in the future.

He said: “My personal feeling on it is that Harrison Ford is always going to be Indiana Jones.”

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While back in 2019, we caught up with John Rhys-Davies, who played Sallah in the first and third Indiana Jones movies.

His character was originally set to cameo in the wedding scene at the end of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but the actor turned it down.

John told Digital Spy in 2016: “I was asked to be in the last one, but they wanted me to do a bit of green-screen – walk in, sit down and clap – and they were going to cut that into the wedding scene at the end. 

“I turned it down because it seemed to me that that would be a bit of a betrayal of the audience’s expectations. Sallah is a popular character – there’s a greatness of soul about him that we all love and admire.”

Nevertheless, John told Express.co.uk in 2019: “Well I keep sending signals that I’d love to be [involved in Indiana Jones 5] but I’m not on the mailing list at the moment. 

“And I’ve got an idea that perhaps I’m not quite as politically correct enough to survive in it anymore. 

“And that’s for a number of reasons, adding to which Sallah is no longer a believable character given the history of the Arab world and the West since we did the first one.”

Indiana Jones 5 hits cinemas on July 29, 2022.

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