Indiana Jones: the moments from the Dial of Destiny trailer that had us cheering

The title of the new Indiana Jones movie has been revealed as Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. While that makes it sound like our rogueish archaeologist-adventurer will be searching for a mystical phonebook, we're beyond psyched to see Doctor Jones back on the big screen. Here's the new poster.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny movie poster

It's the first Indy film that hasn't been directed by Steven Spielberg. Instead, Logan and Le Mans '66 helmer James Mangold has been given the responsibility of marshalling Indy's latest globe-trotting adventure, the fifth in the franchise overall.

The first trailer for The Dial of Destiny has burst online in a riot of nostalgia and action. We've rounded up our favourite moments that celebrate both the years and the mileage.


1. Harrison Ford is still cracking the whip at 80

And we mean that literally, judging by the amusing trailer punchline. At an age where a lot of people would be locating their zimmer frame, Ford has returned to his signature role, looking as spry and engaged as ever.

It is, however, the last time Ford will don Indy's fedora. That means The Dial of Destiny will be a truly historic and poignant moment when it arrives at Cineworld in 2023.

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny trailer

2. The de-aged Indy whisks us back to the series' heyday

Much has been made of Ford's CGI de-aging during the movie's opening sequence. We don't get many specifics from the trailer but the brief shot of Indy's face indicates it's a convincing effect.

More than that, by looking at the 'younger' Ford, we're automatically swept back in time on a wave of nostalgia. Who can remember reveling in the original Indy trilogy at the cinema?

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny trailer

3. The re-emergence of Sallah

John Rhys-Davies was absent from 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (and let's be honest, he dodged a bullet with that one).

Now, Indy's loyal friend Sallah makes his first appearance since 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, ready to dispense sage advice and wisdom. Fingers crossed, he'll also bring comic relief like before.

John Rhys-Davies as Sallah in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny trailer


4. The presence of old familiar enemies

For the first time since the aforementioned The Last Crusade, Indy is battling Nazis. What greater villains to boo and hiss on a regular basis? The Dial of Destiny locates Indy's battle with the Nazis in 1969 as an underground faction meddles with NASA technology.

Said baddies are represented by the reliably villainous Mads Mikkelsen, here playing the nefarious Voller. What's the betting that he'll get a grisly and memorable death scene as per the rest of the series?

Mads Mikkelsen as Voller in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny trailer


5. The John Williams theme

OK, so it may have been put through some ear-splitting processing and reverb for its presentation in the trailer. However, those signature brassy notes of the Raider's March induce a Pavlov's Dog reaction, immediately suggesting new realms of adventure, exploration and excitement.

This is destined to be John Williams' final Indiana Jones score, another reason why the movie is poised to become a historic pop culture landmark.


6. Indy's goddaughter

We don't get too many character beats in the trailer. However, the preview does confirm what we knew already: Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays Jones' goddaughter, Helena. (We're assuming she's the daughter of Indy's late friend Marcus Brody, played in the original trilogy by Denholm Elliot.)

This was announced by composer John Williams just recently when he debuted Helena's theme at a soundtrack concert. The fact she has her own theme surely speaks of her significance in the movie – and maybe future movies?

Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Helena in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny trailer


Want to watch the trailer again? Take a look below. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is released at Cineworld on June 30, 2023.