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James Mangold to Direct ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,’ First Teaser Trailer Released

Harrison Ford will reprise his legendary role as Indiana Jones in the franchise’s fifth installment. The film has been highly anticipated for years, and fans of the series are excited to see Ford return as the beloved archaeologist and adventurer.

In the upcoming movie, Indiana Jones will embark on a brand-new journey in search of a potent and enigmatic artifact, according to reports.

Plot details haven’t been revealed, but it’s packed with action, adventure, and mystery that typify the Indiana Jones series.


The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Dial of Destiny was released on December 1st. 

The trailer is nostalgic and features a voiceover from John Rhys-Davies as Sallah, who tells Indiana Jones that he misses the desert, the sea, and waking up every morning wondering what adventure the new day will bring. 

Indiana Jones sadly replies that those days have come and gone, but Sallah cryptically says, “Perhaps. Perhaps not.”

The trailer shows several nods to past Indiana Jones films, as well as underwater skeletons, sweeping shots of the desert, and a digitally de-aged Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. 

Furthermore, the trailer shows Indiana Jones in the classroom, fighting on top of a speeding train and chasing through a crowded parade. The trailer has also earned a positive response from fans of the series, who are excited to see Indiana Jones back on the big screen.

Ford said he’s “proud to say that this one is fantastic.” 

“Indiana Jones movies are about fantasy and mystery, but they’re also about heart,” he added, shedding tears. “We have a really human story to tell, as well as a movie that will kick your ass.”

The most anticipated fifth installment in the film franchise, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, is set to be released in theaters on June 30th, 2023. 

This marks the first new Indiana Jones film in over a decade, and fans of the series have eagerly anticipated Ford’s return as the beloved archaeologist and adventurer.

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Title and Plot

The next Indiana Jones film, officially titled Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate, is set to have Indiana Jones fighting the Nazis again. Done while dashing.

According to co-writer Jez Butterworth, the American attempt to defeat the Russians to the moon brings with it some uncomfortable truths for Indy. 

The film will reportedly explore the fact that a group of former Nazis ran the moon-landing program, and how “ex” they are is a question that gets under Indy’s skin.

In addition to the plot involving Indy’s nemesis, the film will also reportedly feature the August 13th, 1969 ticker tape parade in New York celebrating the Apollo 11 astronauts. However, it is not yet known how this event will fit into the film’s plot.

Cast and Director

The upcoming Indiana Jones movie Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate will feature talented actors and actresses reprising their iconic roles as Indiana Jones alongside Harrison Ford.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge will play Indy’s goddaughter, Helena, described as a “catalyst” for the film. Mads Mikkelsen will play the villainous Voller, inspired partly by real-life Nazi-turned-NASA-engineer Wernher von Braun. 

Boyd Holbrook will play Voller’s lackey, Klaber. John Rhys-Davies will also reprise his role as Sallah, last witnessed in the third film, The Last Crusade. However, Shia LaBeouf’s character, Mutt Williams, will not appear in the sequel.

The film is said to be directed by James Mangold, known for his work on Logan and Ford v Ferrari. This marks the first time Steven Spielberg, who directed the previous Indiana Jones films, will not be helming an installment in the franchise. 

Spielberg will still be involved in the film as a producer with franchise producer Frank Marshall, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and Simon Emanuel. 

The screenplay for the Dial of Destiny was written by Mangold, Jez Butterworth, and John Henry Butterworth. The score for the film will be composed by Indiana Jones veteran John Williams.

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Indiana Jones Franchise

The Indiana Jones film franchise is a series of action-adventure films created by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg. The franchise follows the adventures of Indiana Jones, an archaeologist and adventurer who travels the world in search of ancient artifacts and treasures.

The first installment in the film series, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was released in 1981 and was a huge critical and commercial success. 

It was followed by three more films: 1984’s the Temple of Doom, 1989’s the Last Crusade, and 2008’s the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The films are known for their thrilling action sequences, iconic characters, and memorable music composed by John Williams. 

Harrison Ford played Indiana Jones in all four films. The franchise also featured a talented cast of actors and actresses, including Karen Allen, Sean Connery, Kate Capshaw, and Shia LaBeouf.

The film franchise has been a beloved and influential series for decades, and fans eagerly await a fifth installment in the series.

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