In the 40th Anniversary year of Raiders of the Lost Ark (and month, no less, being June), filming for Indiana Jones 5 has begun. The new adventure (currently untitled) is about to commence its principal photography in the U.K., where the first leaked set photos were taken (see gallery below).
Posted both on Reddit and the Twitter account @noforts, the photos show set construction and location scouting in-progress at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, U.K.
While no details of the story are known, the location suggests a possible reworking of the opening scene from a discarded script for Indiana Jones 3 (subtitled The Monkey King, before it and its story were changed to The Last Crusade) written by Goonies and Gremlins writer Chris Columbus.
According to Den of Geek, that prologue had Indiana Jones “facing off against a Scottish ghost named Baron Seamus Seagrove III while on vacation in Scotland.”
This will mark the first time that Steven Spielberg will not be directing the franchise (though he will stay on as a producer). Instead, James Mangold (Ford V Ferrari, Logan) has taken the reins. He’s also co-written the screenplay.
The exact era of the story is still unknown. The previous film (The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) was set in the 1950s, and came out in 2008. If the duration between its release and now ends up being the same in the movie’s universe, then that would place Indy 5 either in the late 1960s or early 70s. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see Indy catching a matinee of Steven Spielberg’s 1971 thriller Duel.
As production begins, Harrison Ford will be reprising his role as the iconic archeologist at the age of 79; he will be 80 years old when the film is finally released in July of 2022. Joining Ford in the cast is Mads Mikkelsen and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. No word yet if any returning characters like Marion (Karen Allen) or Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) will be reprised.
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