Actor Mads Mikkelsen says that Indiana Jones 5 will be a real old-school Indy film while speaking at Cannes 2022. Mikkelsen stars in the latest entry of the franchise, this time directed by James Mangold, with returning star Harrison Ford as the famed globe-trotting archeologist. Ford and Mikkelsen are joined by a cast that includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Toby Jones, and Antonio Banderas for the fifth adventure in the long-running franchise.
The Indiana Jones series kicked off in 1981 with Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, which launched the character and the franchise into the cultural zeitgeist, spawning three more sequels and a TV series. 1984’s Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom and 1989’s Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade were both well-received, successful entries in the franchise, but 2008’s Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was heavily criticized by audiences, who felt it lacked the same energy, style, and narrative quality that made the previous entries a success. It’s frequently cited as the worst of the series.
While giving a masterclass Q&A at Cannes (via Total Film), Mikkelsen discussed a number of his roles throughout his career, commenting on what fans can expect with Indiana Jones 5. The actor stated that the film will be “a real old-school Indy film” and goes on to praise Ford’s work in the sequel, saying that he will be “out of this world” in it. “I hope I’ll be as fit when I’m 80,” said Mikkelsen, referencing Ford’s age and prowess. Check out the original post below:
Mikkelsen’s role in Indiana Jones 5 is yet to be revealed, as many of the movie’s characters and plot details are being kept under wraps. This is the first of the series without direct involvement from Spielberg (outside of being an executive producer) and George Lucas, who created the character. Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) wrote the script for Indiana Jones 5, both of whom worked on Mangold’s previous film, Ford V Ferrari.
The lack of Spielberg and Lucas working directly on Indiana Jones 5 could go either way for the franchise. On one hand, it could be a fresh perspective and on the other, it could potentially be too different from what audiences are expecting. A return to “old-school Indy” sounds great, especially after the debacle that was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but Mangold and his crew are as yet unproven on the Indiana Jones scene, even if the director’s previous efforts have proven to be strong. Hopefully, Mikkelsen’s assertion about Indiana Jones 5 is correct, as fans have been waiting a long time to see the character return and with the same spirit and style as his early adventures.