We have a bit of non-Star Wars news that nonetheless is pretty relevant to many Star Wars fans and to Lucasfilm overall, and it pertains to the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, which is set to hit theaters on July 29, 2022.
On Friday, Lucasfilm announced a few notable people who will have a role in the film. Harrison Ford is, of course, returning to star as Indy, continuing his longstanding partnership with Lucasfilm. Phoebe Waller-Bridge was announced to be starring alongside Ford, presumably as the female lead. Waller-Bridge is highly-regarded as both an actress and as a writer, which she has displayed on shows like Fleabag and Killing Eve. But this won’t be her first project for Lucasfilm either, as she played L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
And, perhaps best of all, Lucasfilm confirmed that John Williams will be returning to provide the score for the film. He scored the first four films in the franchise, composing some of the greatest and most beloved themes in film history, and it’s tremendous news that he’ll be returning for the latest chapter. Williams, of course, has also provided the score for all nine Skywalker films in the Star Wars saga and is without question the most accomplished film composer in history.
Indiana Jones 5 will be the first in the series to not be directed by Steven Spielberg, who stepped down from the project so that he could pass it on to a new director, but he’ll still be involved as a producer. James Mangold will be directing the film.
At the Disney Investor Day in December, Kathy Kennedy referred to it as the “final installment” of the franchise, but it’s not known what that means exactly. However, it seems very likely that this will be the final chapter for Harrison Ford and John Williams, at the very least, so regardless of whether they decide to continue on the Indiana Jones character, this will be the end of an era. It figures to begin shooting later this year, and after being pushed back repeatedly, is set to release next summer.