'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny': First trailer with a rejuvenated Harrison Ford and a lot of nostalgic action

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Like a nostalgic barrage of emotions, the long-awaited first trailer for the fifth installment of 'Indiana Jones' arrives from Comic-Con in Brazil, in which Harrison Ford puts himself for the last time in the shoes of the iconic archaeologist created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. The film, directed by James Mangold, already has an official title, 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny', announced in style in a first advance full of returns and novelties, nods to the saga, impressive visual effects, and much, much action.

Although we still do not have an official synopsis from Disney, we do know that 'The Dial of Destiny' takes place in 1969, more than a decade after the events of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull', and will face again Indy his classic enemies: the Nazis. 

The film will have the space race as a backdrop, in which the struggle of the Americans to reach the Moon before the Russians will make Indy discover some other "inconvenient truth". Mads Mikkelsen stars as the villain Voller, a mad scientist based on Wernher von Braun, a real Nazi turned real NASA engineer; while Phoebe Waller-Bridge gives life to Helena, Indy's goddaughter, who will accompany him on his latest adventure.

The first teaser also shows us Boyd Holbrook, the first look at Antonio Banderas, and the return of a classic character from the saga, Sallah, played by John Rhys-Davies. The cast also includes Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Oliver Richters, and Ethann Isidore. 

For the first time in the saga, Spielberg will not direct the film, handing the reins to James Mangold ('Logan'), while remaining on the franchise as a producer alongside Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. John Williams, who has written the music for all of Indy's adventures since the first film in 1981, returns to compose the soundtrack. In addition to the teaser, Disney released the first poster for the movie.

One step further in the CGI rejuvenation technique

The teaser for 'Indiana Jones and Dial of Destiny' is a burst of nostalgia and emotions for fans of the saga of the adventurous archaeologist. This preview is loaded with action and references to previous installments in the franchise (including a final gag that rewrites the iconic sword vs. gun moment from 'Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark'), with Waller-Bridge pointing out scene-stealing ways in what looks like it will be a very fun duet dynamic with Indy. But what is being discussed the most are the shocking scenes in which we see Ford digitally rejuvenated.

Disney is very given to rejuvenating its actors in sagas like 'Star Wars' or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with 'The Dial of Destiny', the technique reaches a new level. The young Henry Jones Jr. seems to have been brought straight from the past with a time machine. This is an incredible result that makes us think about the possibilities for the future when it comes to recovering and extending the life of classic characters in fiction.

'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny' opens exclusively in theaters on June 30, 2023.

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