Much to everyone’s surprise, the long rumored, long delayed, fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise began principal photography last week in the U.K. What’s even more surprising is that it appears Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) will once again be fighting his greatest foes, the Nazis. A video shot at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway confirms their presence in the film with trains, crates and other items emblazoned with swastikas.
Nazis were the antagonists in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), but with Ford having aged considerably since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), in which WWII was over and the Soviets were the enemies, it’s surprising to see their return. A recent set photo of Ford and co-star Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger) may explain the return of the Nazis. Small dots can be seen on Ford’s face, which could be motion capture devices used to map his face for digital de-aging.
The same process was used by Marvel in making Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Ego (Kurt Russell) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) younger in flashback sequences, so borrowing the technology from Lucasfilm’s sister studio is not out of the question.
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Indiana Jones 5 (working title) is being directed by James Mangold. Mangold wrote the screenplay with Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, from a story he conceived with David Koepp, Jonathan Kasdan and Dan Fogelman. It is slated for release in theaters on July 29, 2022.
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