Mads Mikkelsen to Join Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones 5”
It was only a week ago when we were talking about how it’s probably time to start getting excited about Indiana Jones 5. This news only strengthens that point. Mads Mikkelsen has been cast alongside Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the upcoming installment of Indy, adding major gravitas to director James Mangold’s film.
The Ford v Ferrari and Logan director has now plucked two of the more intriguing performers around to surround Ford. Mangold is stepping in, of course, for Steven Spielberg, who directed the first four films in the franchise. There’s no word yet on the film’s plot, so we don’t know if Mikkelsen will be playing a heavy, as he’s done so capably before (Casino Royale, anyone?) or an ally.
Things are starting to move on the production, clearly. Indiana Jones 5 has, like so many other projects, suffered through a few delays. Now it looks like Mangold’s take on Indy’s next adventure will arrive in theaters on July 29, 2022. That marks 41-years since Raiders of the Lost Ark burst on the scenes in 1981, followed by 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Mikkelsen’s last film, Another Round, was nominated for two Oscars—best director for Thomas Vinterberg and best international feature. He’ll be taking over Johnny Depp’s role as the wizard Gellert Grindewald in Fantastic Beasts 3.
Whoever Mikkelsen ends up playing in Indiana Jones 5, he’ll be a welcome addition to the cast. We’ll share more when we know more.
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Featured image: Mads Mikkelsen attends The World Premiere of Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated, first-ever, standalone Star Wars adventure, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at the Pantages Theatre on December 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California.