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The bullwhip is back: Harrison Ford in Cannes for ‘Indiana Jones’ premiere

the 76th cannes film festival screening of the film "indiana jones and the dial of destiny" out of competition red carpet arrivals
The 76th Cannes Film Festival - Screening of the film "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny"

Harrison Ford was in Cannes for the much-anticipated premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” on Thursday evening, 15 years since the actor last picked up the adventurous archaeologist’s iconic bullwhip and hat on the big screen.

The new film, which also stars Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen and Phoebe Waller-Bridge of British TV dramedy “Fleabag,” is the fifth in the series but the first not directed by Steven Spielberg. The director this time was James Mangold of “Ford v Ferrari.”

Celebrities and fans turned out on the Croisette boulevard en masse for the film. Among those walking the red carpet for the chance to see it first were British director Steve McQueen, English actor Charlie Heaton, and Raoni Metuktire, a Brazilian indigenous tribal chief and environmentalist.

The 80-year-old Ford, who will also receive an honorary award at the Cannes Film Festival for his cinema career, told Total Film magazine last month that this would be his last time in the role.

In the fifth and latest installment, set in 1969, Indiana Jones sets off to find a dial that can change time along with his goddaughter, played by Waller-Bridge, and must face off against Mikkelsen as a NASA employee who is a former Nazi.

Ford first played the character – a fedora-wearing, bullwhip-wielding archaeologist and globe-trotting adventurer with a fear of snakes – in 1981.

The newest movie’s release date had been postponed several times after it had been announced in 2016 and follows 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” which received mixed reviews.

The “Indiana Jones” franchise, created by George Lucas of “Star Wars” fame, has grossed nearly $2 billion at the global box office with four films and amassed a global fan base. It also inspired a TV series, “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.”

“Dial of Destiny” is the first “Indiana Jones” movie the Walt Disney Co DIS.N has made after buying the distribution rights for the franchise from Paramount Pictures in 2013.

The film will be released to wider audiences late next month.

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