Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is perhaps both eagerly anticipated, and dreaded. Anticipated because Indiana Jones remains an iconic movie hero. Dreaded because of the previous mis-step that was Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, and because Lucasfilm’s current track record with their most beloved properties isn’t exactly strong.
Rumors about potential endings and plot points have done little to calm the nerves of fans. Another concern is watching octogenarian Harrison Ford return to the role he first played 42 years ago for the fifth and final time.
The timeline makes Indy a 70-year-old in this movie. Even so, that’s a little old to be leaping around and cracking a whip. It is known that some portions of the movie will take place in 1945, when Indy was in his mid-forties and presumably doing what he does best, punching nazis.
For these sequences the audience used artificial intelligence driven de-aging technology to overlay a younger face over Ford’s.
This tech has been gradually rolling out, being used in everything from Tron: Legacy and Captain America: Civil War to Blade Runner 2049 with varying success.
Ford was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week to talk about his new TV show Shrinking, and he talked through the process:
“That is my actual face at that age. They have this artificial intelligence program. It can go through every foot of film Lucasfilm owns. Because I did a bunch of movies for them, they have all this footage, including film that wasn’t printed. They could mine it from where the light is coming from, the expression. But that’s my actual face. I put little dots on my face and I say the words and they make it. It’s fantastic.”
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny opens in cinemas on June 30th.
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