Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones on the Croisette

The actor and his adventurer alter ego return to the Festival de Cannes for the world premiere of 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny', directed by James Mangold.
Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones on the Croisette

The Festival de Cannes has just announced that fifteen years after the presentation in 2008 of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull directed by Steven Spielberg, the final installment of the Lucasfilm saga will be screened on Thursday, May 18th in Cannes and will be released in theaters on June 28th in France, with a June 30th in the United States and worldwide.

On the occasion, the festival will also pay a special tribute to Harrison Ford for his career. By the time the film will release worldwide, Ford will be getting to celebrate his 81st birthday. The actor has embodied the onscreen persona of Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. since 1981, when Raiders of the Lost Ark -- also directed by Steven Spielberg, was first released.

Starring alongside Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore and Mads Mikkelsen. The film is written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and David Koepp, alongside Mangold. Produced by The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm, this latest installment of Indiana Jones lists Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel as producers, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers.

John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, has once again composed the score and it will be to his music that the cast and crew behind this latest spectacle will climb the famous red steps of the Palais de Festival in Cannes on May 18th.

About the presence of the film in Cannes, director James Mangold said: “In 1995, I was honored to come to Cannes with my first film Heavy, as part of Directors' Fortnight. Twenty-eight years later, I am proud to return with a slightly larger spectacle. My legendary collaborators and I are very excited to share a brand new and final Indiana Jones adventure with you!” The American director and writer directed, among others, Copland in 1997, the biopic on Johnny Cash Walk the Line in 2005 with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, which earned her the Oscar for Best Actress, but also 3:10 to Yuma in 2007 and Ford v Ferrari in 2019.

Straight out of the imagination of George Lucas, well before the great epic Star Wars, it was in 1981 that Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first part of the saga, was revealed to the world. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the adventures of Indiana Jones conquered the hearts of millions of fans who followed him for four decades.

The embodiment of a heroic America, Harrison Ford has played some of the most iconic roles of the last 50 years including Han Solo for George Lucas in Star Wars IV, V, and VI, and Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) and Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was filmed around the U.K. and in Sicily, Italy.

This year, the Cannes Film Festival will run from May 16-27. For more info check out their website.

Top image of Harrison Ford courtesy of ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

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