A new Indiana Jones 5 the set image has emerged and it confirms what we suspect: we are becoming a digitally aged Harrison Ford at some point in the film. This will immediately make some worried, while others also wonder: how much digital de-aging is going on in the film? And why? Ford is obviously older now, but he looks good for his age, and he already looked like an older Indy in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So what gives?
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The new set image can be found here (we do not embed it because we do not like to be sued), and it confirms something we reported on earlier this week. Last weekend we filmed on Indiana Jones 5 started on the North Yorkshire Moors, and the photos showed a stuntman riding a motorcycle – and wearing a Harrison Ford mask. And not a Harrison Ford mask that reflects Ford as he looks now, but a younger version of Ford. There was also extra material dressed as Nazis, and a “Nazi transport engine and vintage cars” were seen.
This immediately made people (including us) wonder about it Indiana Jones 5 would have some sort of flashback to World War II, and that it would very likely have a digitally obsolete Harrison Ford. While we still do not have all the details and it is too early to make snap judgments, the latest image certainly confirms that there is going to be a digitally obsolete Indy somewhere in the film. Ford can be seen in-character, sporting motion capture markers on his clothes and face. This is what digital effects artists use to track something on film and is an important part of the de-aging process.
So what does this mean?
What throws me here is amount of motion capture work is going on. Again: these images are completely out of context and it is too early to assume that we know what is going on Indiana Jones 5. But the scene with the younger Indy on a motorcycle was shot at night, while this latest photo shows a scene that was shot during the day. That strongly means we get more scenes with the de-aged Indy. Which means we’ll get more flashbacks. So what could be going on here?
Is director James Mangold makes a kind Gudfar del II movies that jump back and forth between past and present throughout history? Or is this just part of a very long flashback scene? I do not know, folks. I just do not know. But I’m getting a little nervous. I’m not against digital de-aging, and I think it worked pretty damn well in Martin Scorsese The Irishman, something highlighted in this video:
But the digital de-aging in The Irishman made sense as it was a story spanning decades. Without knowing what Indiana Jones 5 is about yet, I can only wonder what’s going on. In any case, in addition to the motion picture, the new set image reveals also reveals the lovely character actor Toby Jones is in the movie, something we had not heard before. Good on you, Toby Jones!
In addition to Harrison Ford (and Toby Jones), Indiana Jones 5 also stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrookand Shaunette Renée Wilson. James Mangold instructs, making this the first Indiana Jones 5 films not directed by Steven Spielberg. But Spielberg is still involved in the production and works as a practical producer along with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshalland Simon emanuel. Jez and John-Henry Butterworth wrote the manuscript.
Indiana Jones and the Dangers of Digital De-Aging AKA Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters on July 29, 2022.
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