Harrison Ford will be de-aged for Indiana Jones 5 opening sequence, which transports him back to 1944 and puts him back in the jacket he wore in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the jacket seen on screen was a “thread for thread” replication of the jacket, the original was brought out of storage for Ford to try on, which certainly would take the actor back in time to his first Indiana Jones outing.
One of the biggest questions about Indiana Jones 5, and there are many, is why Ford was seen on set wearing dots on his face, which would usually suggest that de-aging will be used in post-production. As some fans suspected, this de-aged footage will form part of the usual “prologue” segment that stars Indiana Jones’ previous outings. Now James Mangold has revealed exactly what that prologue will entail. He told Empire Magazine:
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“I wanted the chance to dive into this kind of full-on George-and-Steven old picture and give the audience an adrenaline blast. And then we fall out, and you find yourself in 1969. So that the audience doesn’t experience the change between the ‘40s and ‘60s as an intellectual conceit, but literally experiences the buccaneering spirit of those early days… and then the beginning of now.”
Indiana Jones 5 will seemingly see an older Indy believe that he is too old to be taking on new adventures, but he will be pulled back into the world of danger by the appearance of some ex-Nazis who are working on the U.S. space program.
Can De-Aging Return Harrison Ford to His Raiders of the Lost Ark Days?
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According to producer Kathleen Kennedy, the purpose of de-aging is to make audiences think that they have been thrown straight into an old Indiana Jones adventure, and with the actor wearing an identical replication of his Raiders jacket to boot, the Lucasfilm president is hoping that fans will be too engrossed in the adventure to think about the technology behind it. She said:
“My hope is that, although it will be talked about in terms of technology, you just watch it and go, ‘Oh my God, they just found footage. This was a thing they shot 40 years ago.’ We’re dropping you into an adventure, something Indy is looking for, and instantly you have that feeling, ‘I’m in an Indiana Jones movie.’”
While there is no doubt that the de-aging of actors has been improving more and more, there have still been several issues raised with recent uses of the technology in the likes of The Mandalorian, which used both de-aging and deepfake techniques to bring back a young Luke Skywalker. Whether Indiana Jones 5 can avoid making “younger” Indy look like “fake” Indy is something that we will need to wait until next June to find out. In the meantime, fans can rest assured that a first look at the movie is coming soon, with the first trailer expected to arrive in the next few weeks.
Indiana Jones 5 will arrive in cinemas on June 30, 2023.