Lucasfilm has hit the streets of Glasgow, Scotland for Indiana Jones 5. After an extended stay at Bamburgh Castle in the Northumberland coast of England, star Harrison Ford, director James Mangold, and the rest of the production have moved to the Scottish city to film scenes set in what we can assume is the movie’s “modern-day” setting after the flashbacks shot in England.
Since the movie is filming on location at the moment instead in the secrecy of a Pinewood Studios soundstage, photo leaks abound from the set. In fact, the latest set photos to hit the internet reveal quite a bit about when the movie is set and also give us our first looks at some of the characters joining Indy for his final adventure. Obviously, there are spoilers ahead, so if you don’t want to know anything about this movie before it hits theaters, you might want to turn back now.
You still here? Okay, so here’s what the new set photos reveal…
Glasgow streets adorned in Americana from the late ’60s, including banners celebrating the return of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin after their historic moon landing, as well as anti-Vietnam War propaganda posted on shop windows, suggest that at least part of this movie will take place in the summer of 1969. That means Indiana Jones 5 is set 12 years after the events of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which happened in 1957. Whether the new movie will acknowledge any of the UFO-centric events from the much-maligned fourth installment in the film series remains to be seen.
Below, you can check out a few pictures concerning the return of the astronauts. It looks like we’ll get a parade sequence celebrating the Apollo 11 mission. This has sparked rumors that the moon landing is central to the film’s plot, but it’s also very possible the parade is just a bit of world-building to establish the era of American history in which this movie is set.
The next few photos from the set are more scene-setting, including the aforementioned anti-war posters calling for Richard Nixon to “stop the mass murder” in Vietnam. There’s also an advertisement for the city’s Socialist Club and an old-timey hot dog cart.
Set photos have also revealed our first look at Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s mystery character. All we know about her is that she looks super hip, but almost too hip. Is she a foreign spy in disguise trailing Dr. Jones??? I, for one, would love to watch Waller-Bridge in a villain role, but will be happy to see her searching for long-lost artifacts with Indy later in the movie, too.
And here’s Boyd Holbrook’s character, who clearly has questionable taste when it comes to the color palette of his outfits. But I guess it is the ’60s.
Meanwhile, here’s a photo taken from before the production hit Glasgow and before Ford injured his shoulder while rehearsing for a fight scene. Two things of note: Toby Jones’ long-rumored appearance in the movie is confirmed in the picture below. He seems to be one of Indy’s companions in the movie. Judging from what looks like mo-cap markers on Ford’s face (suggesting he will be de-aged at least for one sequence), Jones’ character might appear during the flashbacks shot earlier this year.
In case you’re just beginning to follow this long-gestating Indy sequel, here’s a refresher on what’s happening behind the scenes: Mangold (Logan) is directing from a script penned by himself, Jez Butterworth (Spectre), and John-Henry Butterworth (Ford v Ferrari). Originally, Steven Spielberg and David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) developed a story for the fifth movie, with the latter taking on scripting duties before being replaced by Jonathan Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and later Dan Fogelman (This Is Us), whose draft used “an entirely different premise.” By 2020, Spielberg had stepped aside to “pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story.” That’s where Mangold comes in.
The fifth installment also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, and Shaunette Renée Wilson.
Indiana Jones 5 will arrive in theaters on July 29, 2022.