Rumors continue to swirl around the new Indiana Jones movie. Is an ending being hastily re-worked after truly dismal test audience feedback? The director says no. Fans remain sceptical. Whatever the truth, as we get closer to a trailer that is apparently imminent, more details are being shared from the Empire cover feature.

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The latest news confirms the use of de-aging technology, long rumored to be used in the production after behind the scenes pictures emerged of Harrison Ford with mapping dots on his face.

Director James Mangold discussed the opening sequence of Indiana Jones 5, and said the use of the technology gave him a chance to do something special.

“I wanted the chance to dive into this kind of full-on George-and-Steven old picture and give the audience an adrenaline blast.”

The article confirms that the sequence takes place in 1944, that is six years after the 1938 setting of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. Indy will be age appropriate in this scene. Apparently it is new software at ILM and they matched extensive archive footage to new material shot for the movie.

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England – where the scene was filmed.

Ford spoke up in support of the technology:

“This is the first time I’ve seen it where I believe it. It’s a little spooky. I don’t think I even want to know how it works, but it works. Doesn’t make me want to be young, though. I’m glad to have earned my age.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Shaunette Renée Wilson, and Boyd Holbrook round out the cast. The story is expected to focus on ex-Nazi scientists involved in the US space programme. The movie is set for May next year.

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