Phoebe Waller-Bridge could replace Harrison Ford in the new Indiana Jones films

On 9 April 2021, it was announced there is going to be yet another Indiana Jones film. Although the announcement didn’t give much away about the fifth instalment of the adventure series, it did reveal an exciting addition to the cast. Plus, a change of director for the very first time.

Here’s everything we know so far…

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When is the new Indiana Jones film in cinemas?

The next film is set to be released on 29 July 2022 – more than 14 years after the last Indiana Jones film and 41 years after the first.

Filming was put on hold this summer after Harrison Ford sustained a shoulder injury during a choreographed fight scene at Pinewood Studios. But after three months, he was back on set.

It was also revealed Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of the award-winning TV shows Fleabag and Killing Eve, will co-lead in the new movie opposite Harrison Ford. PWB’s exact role hasn’t been confirmed yet, but there are no limits to what she’s capable of considering her recent endeavours.

In September, a source told the Mail on Sunday that producer Kathleen Kennedy wants to make ‘big, bold changes’ to the franchise, which could see Phoebe replacing Harrison Ford in the films. It’s been claimed producers are keen for Phoebe to take full lead in the next movie as a female version of the archaeology professor.

One source added: ‘It would be a huge statement, and a great role for Phoebe.’

Last year, she directed Phoebe Bridgers’ Saviour Complex music video starring Normal People‘s Paul Mescal, as well as appearing alongside Harry Styles in his music video for Treat People With Kindness. She also voiced L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story and has contributed to the upcoming James Bond film. Oh, and she’s starring in an Amazon reboot of Mr & Mrs Smith, based on the 2005 film starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. So it’s fair to say, she’s got quite a big range.

Director James Mangold, known for directing Logan and Walk The Line, said: ‘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.’

The films have previously only ever been directed by co-creator Steven Spielberg, so the new Indiana Jones will be the first directed by someone else.

He previously said he wanted to ‘pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story’.

Spielberg will be co-producing the film alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel. Composer John Williams will return to work on the score.

What will the plotline be?

The film follows the last instalment of the series from 2008, which was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

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Apart from that, there’s not much we know about the plot yet. Watch this space…