Harrison Ford Is Getting A Special Reward For His New Indiana Jones Movie

Harrison Ford will receive a special tribute at the world premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

By Jonathan Klotz | Updated

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Harrison Ford has played Indiana Jones for over 40 years, spanning five movies, and this year at the Cannes Film Festival, he’ll receive a special honor. Variety reports that the festival will host the world premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny on May 18, 15 years after Kingdom of the Crystal Skull debuted at the show. The nature of the special tribute to Ford has yet to be revealed, but Cannes and Disney appear to be pulling out all the stops for the legendary Star Wars actor.

Cannes is the most prestigious film festival in the world, with an exclusive spot in the competition considered a high honor for any production. James Mangold, director of Dial of Destiny, made his debut 28 years ago at Cannes as part of the Director’s Fortnight showcase, and now he’s finally back as a guest of honor. Harrison Ford has been present at countless other Cannes since every Indiana Jones premiered at the festival.

The rest of the cast is potentially joining Harrison Ford and James Mangold, including Phoebe Waller-Bridges, John Rhys-Davies, Mads Mikkelsen, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore, and Antonio Banderas. Neither Disney nor Cannes has said anything official, but given the size of the celebration for Ford, it stands that reason his latest co-stars will also be on hand in France. Though Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny brings back the long-time star, this will be the first entry in the franchise without Steven Speilberg.

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Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Harrison Ford’s collaboration with the Jurassic Park director started after Speilberg helped George Lucas develop the character of Indiana Jones over the course of a Hawaiian vacation. Mangold received the blessing of Speilberg and the assistance of Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, now 91 years old, thanks to the director convincing his longtime friend to come out of retirement. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is getting all the stops pulled out for its premiere as it will be the end of an era, bringing a close to one of the greatest roles in movie history.

No one has dared to put on the fedora and pick up the bullwhip since Harrison Ford, even if, at one point, Shia Labeouf was in line to take over as Indiana Jones’ son, Mutt, that now feels like a strange fever dream. What we know of the next film, from the trailer and various interviews, is that it’s going to focus on Indiana as a grumpy old man, leaning into the advancing age of its star. Mikkelsen’s former Nazi scientist is the villain in a plot involving the space race, but other than that, Dial of Destiny is being kept under wraps.

While Cannes attendees get the first look at Harrison Ford’s final turn as Indiana Jones, it won’t be much longer for the general public to see how the franchise comes to a close. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be out on June 30.