We finally got the confirmation during Disney’s Investors Day that a new Indiana Jones film was in development. Logan‘s James Mangold will direct the upcoming entry of the Lucasfilm franchise, which will see the return of Harrison Ford in the titular role. Pheobe Waller-Bridge is the first to join the production and well co-star in the fifth installment of the franchise. Steven Spielberg will continue to serve as a producer on the project alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel. John Williams is also confirmed to return to score the film, whose time adventure with the franchise started all the way back with Raiders of the Lost Ark.
James Mangold shared his enthusiasm about tackling this iconic franchise and Waller-Bridge‘s addition to the cast:
I’m thrilled to be starting a new adventure, collaborating with a dream team of all-time great filmmakers. Steven, Harrison, Kathy, Frank, and John are all artistic heroes of mine. 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 last film in the franchise was 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which introduced the world to Jones’s son, Shia LaBeouf‘s Mutt Williams. It is uncertain if he will also make an appearance of some kind, or they might be steering away from that film’s plotlines. The film will be the first that wasn’t directed by Spielberg. So, it’ll be interesting to see what Mangold offers to make it stand out from the rest of the franchise. It may also be the beginning for the franchise to kick off a new era.