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Harrison Ford Explains Why He Returned For ‘Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny’: “I Wanted To Do The Rest Of The Story To See The End Of His Career”

Actor Harrison Ford recently explained why he chose to return to the character of Indiana Jones in the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny film.

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

According to Variety’s Marc Malkin on his Just for Variety podcast [1], Ford explained to him why he chose to return to the role at the premiere of the Apple+ series Shrinking, “I always wanted to do it.”

Ford added, “I wanted to do the rest of the story to see the end of his career.”

He also told Malkin this would be the last time he would play Indiana Jones saying, “It’s the last time for me.”

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Lucasfilm’s IJ5. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

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Ford was previously asked about whether or not he would hang up the hat as Indiana Jones and if Indy was going to pass the baton during an event for 1923.

The actor answered, “No, I’m just telling a story. Telling a story. You’ll see. You’ll see. I hope you like it.”

Rumors have swirled that the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny film would see Jones get replaced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character in the film.

Back in June 2021, YouTuber Overlord DVD claimed, “Two endings are supposedly being considered in this script. I guess they’ve been written and they are going to shoot both of them.  Both endings allegedly have old Indiana Jones dying at the end of this movie.”

“But in one of the rumored endings, young Indiana Jones dies alongside old Indiana Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge swoops in like a vulture, picks the hat up, and takes his place moving forward,” he added.

This rumor would seemingly be corroborated by The Daily Mail who also reported the film had multiple endings and that Indiana Jones would hand over the bullwhip to Waller-Bridge’s character.

The Daily Mail reported [6], “A handful of different endings have been shot and are being shown to test audiences. In one, Indy dies but not before handing over his bullwhip to Phoebe’s character.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the set of Lucasfilm’s IJ5. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

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Overlord DVD further reported this past November, “We’ve been told out of the six endings they tested the best one gets a 35% approval from test audiences.”

“We’ve been told that Bridge put the hat on in every ending,” he added.

“All my spies actually said was Phoebe Waller-Bridge puts on Indy’s hat, takes Indy’s whip, and in a brave and stunning display of girl power she becomes the besest Indy evar at the end of all six version of the movie,” he clarified.

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The film’s director James Mangold has denied the rumors writing on Twitter, “One more time. No one is ‘taking over’ or replacing  Indy or donning his hat nor is he being ‘erased’ thru some contrivance— and he never was, not not in any cut or script — but trolls will troll — that’s how they get their clicks.”

James Mangold Twitter

He continued, “And please don’t exhaust me pointing out how once in a while a troll is ‘right’. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now & then. All one has to do is look at set photos & interviews & u get enough info to make wild guesses about a movie plot.”

James Mangold Twitter

“The diff between trolling a-holes & everyone else is they r trying to make $ off your feelings about other films & culture war politics. They push contoversial guesses as coming from “sources” to gin up clicks. Let it go. END,” he concluded.

James Mangold Twitter

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Mangold previously denied the rumors in November as well specifically calling out Overlord DVD writing, “it’s up to you who you believe — an anonymous troll named ‘basement dwell’ & ‘doomcock’ or the actual director of the film.”

He added, “No one will ever replace Indiana Jones. Not in any script. Not in any cut. Never discussed.”

James Mangold Twitter

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is expected to hit theaters on June 30, 2023. Alongside Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge the film also stars Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Oliver Richters, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen.

(L-R): Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Lucasfilm’s IJ5. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

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