The last time we saw Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones on the big screen, he was chasing down crystal skulls, fending off KGB agents and learning that Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt was his son. Of course, it’s no secret that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was polarizing among fans of the franchise when it came out in 2008, but that didn’t spell the end of our favorite fedora-wearing, whip-wielding archaeologist going on cinematic adventures. Indiana Jones 5 was officially announced in 2016, and now it is one of the most anticipated 2023 movies (if not THE most anticipated movie coming out in said year).
This time around, Logan’s James Mangold has inherited directing duties from Steven Spielberg, who’s still involved with Indiana Jones 5 as a “hands on” producer. Mangold has also been working on the script with Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, and as 2022 wrapped up, we finally got some concrete details about what to expect from the officially-titled Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. For this piece though, we’re focusing on who’s making up the movie’s main cast, so let’s go over who’s on board, starting with the man who’s been the face of this franchise since the beginning.
Other than Han Solo, Indiana Jones is Harrison Ford’s most famous character, having not only played him in the four movies, but also briefly reprising him for an episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series, which starred Sean Patrick Flanery in the title role. While there may come a day when the Indiana Jones film series is rebooted with a new actor, this marks Ford reprising another face, having appeared as Han in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and briefly in The Rise of Skywalker) and Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049.
As for where we will see Indy exploring this time, a tweet from Mangold in January 2021 indicated the movie will be set in 1960s New York City, which is definitely a prime location for our esteemed protagonist to get into all sorts of shenanigans. The year 1969 was later confirmed as when Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny specifically takes place, as with the other Indiana Jones movies, our protagonist will be traveling to other locations across the globe in the main story. We’ll also And while many were already expecting this to be the case, Dial of Destiny will indeed be Ford’s last time playing the role.
Although Indiana Jones 5 marks Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s first time working with Harrison Ford, she’s already spent some time with another one of his characters in a galaxy far, far away. Waller-Bridge played the droid L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which starred Alden Ehrenreich as the younger Han Solo. But, most of you are likely more familiar with the actress as the lead of Fleabag, as the creator of Killing Eve, or as the co-writer of Daniel Craig’s 007 swan song, No Time to Die. It was revealed that Waller-Bridge is playing Indy’s goddaughter, Helena, during the cast’s appearance at September 2022’s D23 Expo.
Add another major franchise to Mads Mikkelsen’s list of bonafides. The man has already has James Bond, Marvel, Star Wars and Hannibal Lecter experience under his belt, and he’s now taken over the role of Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 following Johnny Depp’s exit. Now he gets to hop into the world of Indiana Jones, as he’ll be playing an ex-Nazi named Jürgen Voller who’s been recruited into the United States’ moon-landing program. The Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny trailer showed that we’ll first meet Voller during the opening World War II-set sequence, but as far as the 1969-set part of the story goes, the main antagonist will be searching for a mysterious object (presumably the dial) that he believes will allow him to “correct some of the mistakes of the past,” as Mikkelsen put it.
Like Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann has some experience causing trouble in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He appeared as HYDRA leader Wolfgang von Strucker in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and you may also remember him from projects like The Pianist, 24, Valkyrie, and Greyhound. So it would be easy enough to imagine him playing an antagonist in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and sure enough, he’ll appear as Colonel Weber, a Nazi aiding Voller during that World War II sequence.
Here’s someone who James Mangold already has experience working with, as Boyd Holbrook starred in 2017’s Logan as Donald Pierce – Transigen’s head of security who was sent to retrieve Laura, a.k.a. X-23. Holbrook’s other film credits include The Skeleton Twins, Gone Girl, The Predator, and We Can Be Heroes, while in the TV realm, he starred in Netflix’s Narcos and in The Sandman cast as The Corinthian. Holbrook is playing Klaber, Voller’s right-hand man who’d described as a “crazed lapdog,” in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
Shaunette Renée Wilson
Shaunette Renée Wilson hasn’t been professionally acting as long as the people already mentioned on this list, but she’s nonetheless collected some impressive credits in this shorter span of time. Along with playing one of the Dora Milaje in Black Panther, Wilson was a main cast member on the NBC series The Resident for its first four seasons and also recurred on Showtime’s Billions. Taking part in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is another terrific accomplishment for Wilson’s career, and she’ll be involved as a government agent named Mason, who is rumored to be Voller’s handler in 1969.
How about that? Someone who shares the title character’s last name has joined the Indiana Jones 5 cast. Toby Jones has starred in all sorts of movies and TV shows over the years – from Captain America: The First Avenger and Infinite to Wayward Pines and Sherlock. Unlike the previously mentioned actors, Jones’ involvement in Indiana Jones 5 wasn’t revealed through a report but with set photos that emerged of him acting alongside Harrison Ford in the Scottish Borders. We’ve since learned that Jones’ character is an ally to Indy named Basil, and judging by the Dial of Destiny trailer, it looks like we’ll see him during the World War II portion of the movie.
Antonio Banderas is no stranger to movies involving action and adventure, whether it’s from his time voicing Puss in Boots in the Shrek franchise or playing Greg Cortez in the Spy Kids movies. More recently, he played the main villain in 2021’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and in Uncharted the following year. As far as Indiana Jones 5 goes, he’s playing Renaldo, a friend of Indy’s from whom he needs something. While we won’t see much of Banderas in Dial of Destiny, the actor had a blast working with Harrison Ford.
Throughout most of the franchise, Indiana Jones would come at odds with various physically imposing characters who easily bested him in hand-to-hand combat, who were often played by actor Pat Roach. Now that Roach is no longer with us, we imagine the one assuming this honor for Indiana Jones 5 might be Olivier Richters. The Dutch bodybuilder – whose role in the upcoming adventure also has yet to be disclosed – could previously be seen in Black Widow as an inmate whom David Harbour’s Alexei beats at arm wrestling and in The King’s Man as a machine shack guard whom Ralph Fiennes fails to stop with throwing knives.
Perhaps the most exciting addition to the cast outside of Harrison Ford coming back to play the title role is John Rhys-Davies as Indy’s trusted comrade, Sallah, whom he portrayed in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The Welsh actor – who is also known from the Lord of the Rings trilogy as Gimli – was confirmed to be returning to the franchise in footage shown at September’s D23 expo. In the Dial of Destiny trailer, Sallah is heard reminiscing about the good ol’ days with Indy outside of an airport, but it’s unclear if he’ll have a major role in the movie or is just briefly appearing.
And that brings us up to date on who will appear in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. While Karen Allen has expressed interest in reprising Marion Ravenwood, it remains to be seen if she will be brought in. One person who’s almost certainly not returning is Shia LaBeouf, as years back, producer David Koepp said that Mutt Williams wouldn’t appear in this story. Keep your eyes peeled here for more casting updates as they’re announced, and check out Dial of Destiny in theaters on June 30, 2023.