Indiana Jones 5 will be set in the 1940s during its introduction. The opportunity for Lucasfilm to use de-aging on Harrison Ford. A technology that allows digital rejuvenation already used in the past by the company, mainly for Star Wars.
Indiana Jones 5 signs the last appearance of Harrison Ford in the skin of the adventurer created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. But it’s a promise from James Mangold, here at the director: no one is going to replace the character. While the first 30 minutes of the film would be awesome, the intro scene reveals some new information in terms of technique.
The production uses the deaging to rejuvenate Harrison Ford at the start of the film which takes place in the 1940s under the Nazi regime.
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The director promises that the deaging is relevant
The central antagonist of the character’s 5th adventure is none other than a former Nazi. To put the story in context, James Mangold uses the deaging to rejuvenate Harrison Ford and plunge it into the 40s at the beginning ofIndiana Jones 5.
Interviewed by Empire, the director declares: “ I wanted the chance to immerse myself in these kind of old movies a la George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to deliver an adrenaline rush to the public “.
After this introduction during the Second World War, the action returns to 1969. James Mangold reassures all the same by specifying that this ellipse is not an intellectual vanity ». The filmmaker wants Indiana Jones “ literally live the buccaneer spirit of those first days then the beginning of now “.
Kathleen Kennedy, director of Lucasfilm, also comments this choice to opt for the deaging.
I hope that, although we are talking about new technologies, you will say to yourself: Oh my God ! They found images [d’époque]. This is something shot 40 years ago “. We drop you on an adventure, Indiana Jones is looking for something, and instantly you know you’re in a franchise movie.
After numerous delays, notably due to an injury to Harrison Ford and the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana Jones 5 will be released on June 28, 2023 in French cinemas.
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