Indiana Jones 5 to De-Age Harrison Ford for the opening sequence

When Indiana Jones 5 premiering next year, the opening sequence of the film will feature a much younger version of star Harrison Ford.

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According to director James Mangold in a recent interview with Empire Magazinewould the filmmaker return to the past Indiana Jones movies that open with huge spectacles to attract fans with. That play is a set piece set in 1944, in a castle full of Nazis. To achieve that, however, Mangold had to turn to special effects.

“And then we drop out and you’re in 1969,” Mangold said, explaining the transition to the main film. “So the audience doesn’t experience the change between the ’40s and the ’60s as an intellectual concept, but literally experiences the great spirit of the early days… and then the beginning of now.”

According to the director, a host of different techniques were used to achieve the opening sequence, including new ILM software that used older footage of Harrison Ford to match it with newly shot footage of Indiana Jones 5. Mangold said the team behind the film found the original themselves Raiders of the Lost Ark jacket that Ford wore and had it replicated thread-by-thread to make things fit together.

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“My hope is that even though it’s going to be talked about in terms of technology, you see it and say, ‘Oh my God, they just found footage. This was something they shot 40 years ago,'” said producer Kathleen Kennedy in the interview. “We throw you into an adventure, something Indy is looking for, and instantly you have the feeling, ‘I’m in a Indiana Jones movie.”

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