Filming of Indiana Jones 5, directed by James Mangold, is currently underway in the United Kingdom and even though there have been no official images from the shoots, we have been treated with plenty of behind-the-scenes pictures. And it is through the courtesy of one such recently leaked set video that we finally know which big bad will Indy be fighting in the film- the classic villains of the franchise, the Nazis.
In the Indiana Jones 5 set video shared by a Twitter user, a British Railways’ standard class 9F has been transformed into a Nazi locomotive complete with the steam engine featuring a recognizable swastika symbol. As we will be seeing a much older Harrison Ford as Indy going on another classic adventure, it sounds impossible that the film will be presenting the Nazis in the present timeline of Indiana Jones 5 which is most probably set in the 60s. The most obvious conclusion is that we may be getting flashbacks of Indy’s past encounters with the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which also means that we will be seeing a digitally de-aged version of Harrison Ford as well.
And if that wasn’t proof enough, Daily Mail has also shared behind-the-scenes pictures of the ongoing shoot of Indiana Jones 5 where the Nazi train is seen on the North Yorkshire Moors alongside a stuntman riding a motorcycle. The interesting part is that the stuntman was seen wearing what appeared to be a face mask of a younger Harrison Ford. As per the news report, during the shoot, the stuntman lost control of his bike and the mask flew off as he fell. The filming was delayed while a crew member was seen retrieving the mask.
So, what have we learned so far? Though it is pure speculation, it is likely that the older Indy will be facing a quest that will force him to remember his former encounters when he went up against the Nazis in the first and the third film. Thus, as mentioned above, we are in for flashbacks to World War II and a younger Indiana Jones performing some cool stunts in Indiana Jones 5.
Also, during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it was revealed that Indy was a soldier during the Second World War, which means maybe we will be getting a glimpse of the time he spent as a soldier as well.
Apart from Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones 5 will also see Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thomas Kretschmann, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, and Shaunette Renée Wilson. While Harrison Ford is returning to play the titular and particularly agile character of Indy in Indiana Jones 5 at the age of 78 (though many have voiced their reservations about the same), Steven Spielberg who has directed the last four films in the franchise has not resumed the director’s chair. Though he remains on board as a “hands-on” producer, along with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel, the film will be directed by James Mangold based on a script by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. The film is currently scheduled to release on July 29. 2022, the same day as DC’s Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson, debuts in theaters.