Mads Mikkelsen Says Indiana Jones 5 Is ‘Going Heavily Back’ to the Feel of Raiders and Temple of Doom

Mads Mikkelsen has indicated that Indiana Jones 5 is returning to the franchise’s early roots, capturing the “original feel” of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mikkelsen, who is starring in an as-yet-undisclosed role in the fifth Indy adventure, revealed a little more about what we can expect from Indiana Jones 5 as he admitted that the next installment will have a similar “feel” to the first and second films of the franchise led by Harrison Ford’s bullwhip-wielding archaeologist.

“[Raiders of the Lost Ark] was one of my favorite films, and it just oozed that golden period of serials from the 1940s — and that’s in the fifth film as well,” Mikkelsen explained, teasing the next installment. “They’re going heavily back to the first and second film and getting that original feel, the original Indy, something dense and epic.”

James Mangold has saddled up to take the reigns on Indiana Jones 5, assuming directing duties from Steven Spielberg, who is on board as an executive producer. Mikkelsen praised the duo and noted a similarity in the way the two filmmakers approach the franchise, saying, “It felt like a Spielberg film, though it’s obviously James making it with the same vision.”

Though details about the story are being kept under wraps, Mikkelsen previously discussed his collaborative approach to realizing his character in the film and compared his function in the film to that of character actor Peter Lorre, whose performances famously added color to numerous Hollywood productions, from Casablanca to The Maltese Falcon.

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