Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

We told you it would be out before Christmas, and here it is – the new poster for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Drawn by poster legend Drew Struzan (they don’t make them like this anymore), the poster features an older Indy with his whip, with a giant crystal skull peering over his shoulder.

USA Today has also revealed some plot details:

When last we saw Indy, he was riding off into the sunset in 1989’s The Last Crusade, set in 1938 near the start of World War II. The new movie, due this spring, is set at the height of the Cold War in 1957, so the character has aged in real time – 19 years.

“He’s teaching and having kind of a quiet life,” the producer says. Once the archaeologist is thrust back into danger, the signature Indiana Jones red line tracing across the map will take him to New Mexico, Connecticut, Mexico City and the jungles of Peru.

The Nazis are no longer Indy’s chief foe – he’s racing for the Crystal Skull against operatives from the Soviet Union, including Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the seductive Agent Spalko. “Indy always has a love-hate relationship with every woman he ever comes in contact with,” Marshall says.

Ray Winstone, currently the star of Beowulf, co-stars as an unethical rival archaeologist. Transformers star Shia LaBeouf sports greaser hair and rides a motorcycle as the hero’s sidekick.

The artifact of the title is inspired by real quartz sculptures of disputed origins that are carved in a way that defies the natural structure of the crystal.

“The theory is they are shaped by higher powers or alien powers or came from another world, or an ancient Mayan civilization had the powers,” Marshall says.

Check out the full poster after the jump, followed by a look back at the posters from the Indiana Jones Trilogy.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Movie Poster

Raiders of the Lost Ark Movie Poster

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Movie Poster

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Movie Poster

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