“Harrison Ford’s Return as Indiana Jones Explained”


Harrison Ford has recently disclosed the reasons for his decision to return to the Indiana Jones franchise for one last adventure in the upcoming movie, Dial of Destiny.

In a Total Film interview, the actor expressed his desire to witness a “completion of the character” as the primary motivation behind his decision to return as Indiana Jones.

Ford added that he wanted to see the character at a later stage in life when he is weighed down by age and stifled by academia but still engages in one final unexpected adventure.

The forthcoming movie, Dial of Destiny, will mark Ford’s fifth and final appearance as the titular archeologist and professor Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr. The actor first played the fan-favorite character in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, returning to the role in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

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Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has previously stated that Dial of Destiny might be the last time fans see Indiana Jones in a live-action project without Harrison Ford.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny takes place twelve years after the franchise’s fourth film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with Indy’s last adventure set during the 1969 Moon Landing.

In the film, Indiana Jones, who comes out of retirement, joins his goddaughter Helena Shaw (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) on a quest for the dial of destiny, a journey that takes them around the world.

Along the way, they encounter Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), a former Nazi working for NASA, who is after the dial for its dangerous power. The upcoming movie also sees the return of John Rhys-Davies as Indy’s old friend Sallah, who previously appeared in Raiders and The Last Crusade.

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Lucasfilm has confirmed that Dial of Destiny will have a runtime of around 140 minutes, making it the longest installment in the franchise. In comparison, Raiders of the Lost Ark had a runtime of 115 minutes, while the next three sequels’ runtimes were about two hours long. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom lasted for 118 minutes, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was 128 minutes, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was 122 minutes.

Directed by James Mangold, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is set to hit theaters on June 30.


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