‘It’s a little spooky… but it works!’: Harrison Ford, 80, reveals he has been de-aged using advanced technology for a scene in Indiana Jones 5
Indiana Jones is headed back to the big screen and moviegoers may have to do a double take when star Harrison Ford appears.
The actor, 80, will first debut in the film as the Indy we all know from his days in Indiana Jones and the Raiders Of The Lost Ark and then quickly age forward to his current self in 1969, when the fifth film in the franchise is set.
Harrison, who hasn’t taken on the mantle of the Nazi-fighting archeologist since 2008’s Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, admitted of the de-aging process, ‘It’s a little spooky,’ to see his younger self, telling Empire Magazine, ‘I don’t think I even want to know how it works, but it works.’
Spooky: Harrison Ford will be de-aged on screen in the upcoming untitled Indiana Jones 5 saying, ‘It’s a little spooky,’ to see his younger self, telling Empire Magazine, ‘I don’t think I even want to know how it works, but it works’
The veteran action-star has given the technical process a thumbs up, revealing, ‘This is the first time I’ve seen it where I believe it.’
De-aging is a 3D effect technology used to make an actor look younger. To do so, post-production studios typically edit a digital image or apply computer-generated imagery (CGI) overlays or touch-ups to the necessary scenes, according to ReSpeecher.
The plot for the as-yet untitled project has not been completely revealed, but Empire reports it’s set in the middle of the space race between the US and former USSR.
Co-writer Jeff Butterworth explained, ‘The simple fact is that the moon-landing program was run by a bunch of ex-Nazis. How “ex” they are is the question. And it gets up Indy’s nose…’
Indiana Jones: Audiences were first introduced to Indiana Jones in the 1981 blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Journey: Harrison opened up about the new film in an interview with Empire magazine, saying of his latest adventure, ‘I just thought it would be nice to see one where Indiana Jones was at the end of his journey’
Enemies: Indiana Jones last took on Nazis in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He will apparently take them on again in Indiana Jones 5 as the US aims to put a man on the moon
Mads Mikkelson, stars as Voller, a part inspired by German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.
‘He’s a man who would like to correct some of the mistakes of the past,’ explained the veteran villain.
‘There is something that could make the world a much better place to live in. He would love to get his hands on it. Indiana Jones wants to get his hands on it as well. And so, we have a story.’
Joining them in the action-adventure are Pheobe Waller-Bridge, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Toby Jones and Antonio Banderas.
Harrison, who still flies his own private airplane, describes the story as ‘full of adventure, full of laughs, full of real emotion. And it’s complex and it’s sneaky.’
Complex: Harrison, who still flies his own private airplane, describes the story as ‘full of adventure, full of laughs, full of real emotion. And it’s complex and it’s sneaky’; seen on Sunday
The opportunity to step back into Indy’s world was exciting for the actor, who wasn’t ready to say goodbye to his famous alter-ego. ‘I just thought it would be nice to see one where Indiana Jones was at the end of his journey. If a script came along that I felt gave me a way to extend the character.’
But getting back into action mode nearly 40 years after making the original was not easy. ‘The shooting of it was tough and long and arduous,’ the action hero admitted. ‘But I’m very happy with the film that we have.’
Indiana Jones 5 is expected to debut in theaters June 30, 2023.
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