American actor Harrison Ford as the eponymous archaeologist in a publicity still for the film 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 1989.  (Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images)
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Why Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny Is Utilizing Young Indy Flashbacks
Despite the negative feedback and moral concerns about AI de-aging from 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic have continued their efforts to master the new technological innovation for their projects. The latest “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” trailer shows a de-aged Harrison Ford in flashbacks, but for a good reason.
Director James Mangold explained that flashbacks with the de-aged Ford would provide context for Indy’s character journey throughout the film, saying, “It reminds everyone what he’s done, what he’s survived, what he’s accomplished.” The Nazi-fighting hero must now deal with a moral crisis as his enemies become integrated into American society in the post-WWII era.
To Mangold, there isn’t a way to give Indy a proper sendoff without acknowledging his former life, adding, “You’re left with a multilayered perception of his character, both what he was and what he is, and how the world is different between the first 20 minutes of the movie.” Fans can see for themselves the storytelling value of de-aging when “Dial of Destiny” hits theaters on June 30, 2023.