Here we have more Indiana Jones 5 details to share with you! There’s a new photo from Empire that gives us our first look at the mysterious new character played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. That image came along with some details of the character.
This new character is named Helena, and she plays a key part in Harrison Ford’s final epic adventure. In case you’re thinking about what her relationship is with Jones, she is his goddaughter. Waller-Bridge said, “She’s a mystery and a wonder,” and director James Mangold added, “slippery, charming, the girl next door, a grifter.” Ford himself described her as “a pioneer in ethical accounting.”
Waller-Bridge said it came from a conversation with legendary producer Kathleen Kennedy. “Kathy was in London and asked to have dinner with me, and casually mentioned this. I immediately ordered ten bottles of wine. Then it was the fastest I’ve ever read a script; I came out of a sort of haze afterward. I just couldn’t believe how much fun I had and how moved I was by it. And then I had a Zoom and screamed, ‘YES!’ at them all.”
It’s then shown that Mangold’s inspiration for the character Helena was Barbara Stanwyck’s role in the 1941 screwball comedy The Lady Eve. Waller went on to talk about how much fun she had showing the action scenes saying: “Honestly, I just loved it. When you’re playing a character who throws herself on the back of a vehicle, there’s no acting around that. You just have to bloody do it.”
The story is set in 1969, and Indiana Jones is “living against the backdrop of the space race – but the American effort to beat the Russians to the moon brings with it some uncomfortable truths for Indy.” It’s 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…” Pitching Indiana – a man always looking to the secrets of the Earth rather than the stars – into the era of the astronaut finds him even more a man out of time. “It’s not just that the model of what a hero is has completely changed. It’s not just that they’re looking for something where there’s nothing up there – it’s like Reno without the gambling, or whatever his line is. But the people that are behind it are, you know, his sworn enemies.”
The movie comes from producer Steven Spielberg and it also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, and Thomas Kretschmann.