by Aaron Bilal
Oh Dr. Jones, you certainly like to take your time! For those keeping track, the fifth installment to the much beloved action/adventure franchise was announced way back in early 2016. Since then, development on the film has been mind-numbingly slow. Originally, both Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg were slated to return, with Ford in the titular role and Spielberg in the director’s chair. Unfortunately, production has been so slow on the film that Spielberg had to opt out in favor of developing the famous musical West Side Story, a film that I’m sure everyone is waiting with bated breath to see. With so much back-peddling, it seemed as if this film was cursed and would never see a release. However, thankfully, this past week, the most patient fans in the world finally got some very warmly-welcomed news on everyone’s favorite adventurer!
Late last week, it was announced that Phoebe Waller-Bridge, known primarily from the comedy series Fleabag, would be starring alongside Ford as the female lead. To go along with this news, it was also announced that the greatest film composer of all time, John Williams, would be returning to score the film. But the news didn’t stop there. Shortly after the first announcement, it was revealed that Mads Mikkelson will star as the film’s villain. Mikkelson is known for playing deliciously evil villains in iconic franchises such as the Daniel Craig-led James Bond films, and as the ravenous Dr. Lecter in the NBC series Hannibal.
So much Indy goodness happening in such a short span of time! Hopefully these announcements are a sign that production on the franchise’s long-awaited fifth installment will finally put its foot on the gas. Currently slated for a July 2022 release, the fifth installment will see Ford star as a nearly 80-year-old Indiana Jones. But it’s not the years that matter, it’s the mileage. I don’t care how old he gets, so long as he has the hat, jacket, whip, and plenty of punches. I’ll be impatiently waiting to see the world’s greatest archaeologist back on the big screen!