The newest Indiana Jones film is set to receive a huge honor at a major international event next month as part of a tribute to the film’s star.
In March 2016, Disney and Lucasfilm made a landmark announcement: the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones film franchise was in the works and would make its theatrical debut on July 19, 2019, with actor Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Steven Spielberg was on tap to direct the film, and Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy would serve as producers. Harrison Ford was reportedly paid more than $10 million to breathe life into Indy once again.
But it would take more than that to breathe life into a fifth film, as delay after delay took over, and Spielberg eventually stepped away from the role of director, and the release date moved to 2020, then to 2022, then to 2023. James Mangold ultimately took the role of director, and the release date was set for June 30, 2023.
In 1969, adventurer and archaeologist Indiana Jones faces the country’s draw of the Space Race and is uncomfortable about the government’s decision to recruit former Nazis to help the United States put a man on the moon before the Soviets do. In Indy’s newest adventure, his goddaughter Helena is along for the ride. But Jurgen Voller, a member of NASA and an ex-Nazi working on the moon-landing program has plans of his own.
Indy’s fifth film promises to be as successful as its predecessors, and it will have a jumpstart on acquiring that success, as the new film is slated to debut at the 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival, which begins on May 16. The Cannes premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is scheduled for May 18.
The film is not a part of any competition at the Cannes Festival, but rather, it’s premiering as part of a tribute to frontliner Harrison Ford, who has played the role of the fearless adventurer since the franchise began in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark. Ford is also known for his role as Han Solo in George Lucas’s Star Wars saga.
The following trailer for the film was released during Super Bowl LVII. Fans can catch Indy in his latest adventure when the film debuts in theaters on June 30, 2023.