Friday, July 19, 2024

Fifth Installment of “Indiana Jones” Has Its Heroine: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Joins Cast, As Harrison Ford’s Daughter?


Well, the fifth and likely final installment of “Indiana Jones” has a heroine: acclaimed British actress and writer Phoebe Waller Bridge.

She’s the much awarded creator of “Fleabag” and contributor as a writer to dozens more projects. She’s the It Girl of 2020.

“I’m thrilled to be starting a new adventure, collaborating with a dream team of all-time great filmmakers,” said the film’s director James Mangold. “Steven, Harrison, Kathy, Frank, and John are all artistic heroes of mine. When you add Phoebe, a dazzling actor, brilliant creative voice and the chemistry she will undoubtedly bring to our set, I can’t help but feel as lucky as Indiana Jones himself.”

John Williams will also be back to do the score.

The bigger question is who Phoebe will be to Indiana Jones. His daughter? Makes sense. Shia LaBeouf won’t be returning to the series, and he was never identified as Indy’s son. So now maybe Phoebe will be the daughter which makes sense, since a female lead is what the culture demands. Who was her mother? Dr. Elsa Schneider, from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”? Irish actress Alison Doody is 55 and still working. She could make a comeback.

Will Karen Allen return as Marion? Let’s hope so. For Ford, this should be a grand finale with all the characters from the old movies getting chances to say goodbye.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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