The last several days have seen quite a bit of Indiana Jones 5-related news pour in. First we got our first full look at Harrison Ford back as the adventuring archaeologist, and then we got the first official plot details for the 2023 movie release, including confirmation that Mads Mikkelsen is playing the movie’s Nazi main antagonist. Now it’s been revealed that Indiana Jones 5 will see Ford de-aged for the opening action sequence.
Indiana Jones 5 director James Mangold shared with Empire that he wanted to kick off the blockbuster with an “adrenaline blast” by diving into “this kind of full-on George-and-Steven old picture.” So he and the Indiana Jones 5 team crafted a set piece set in 1944 that sees Indy in a castle filled with Nazis. In other words, this sequence takes place six years after the events of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Mangold continued:
One of the techniques that was used to pull off Harrison Ford’s de-aging in Indiana Jones 5 was utilizing new ILM software that searched through archived footage of Ford in his younger years and matched it to the footage from this new movie. And while not part of the digital wizardly, Ford’s jacket from Raiders of the Lost Ark was also pulled from storage and replicated for Ford to wear during this World War II-set sequence. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is especially excited about Indiana Jones 5’s de-aging and shared her hope for audiences thusly:
More to come…
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