Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is an American action adventure movie from 2024 that was co-written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, David Koepp, and James Mangold. It is the follow-up to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and the fifth and final film in the Indiana Jones franchise. Along with new actors Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen, returning to their respective roles as Indiana Jones, Sallah, and Marion Ravenwood are Harrison Ford, John Rhys-Davies, and Karen Allen. The movie, which is set in 1969, centers on Indiana Jones and his estranged goddaughter Helena as they search for a potent relic before Dr. Jürgen Voller, a former Nazi who is now a scientist at NASA.

Despite both serving as executive producers, Dial of Destiny is the only movie in the series not directed by Steven Spielberg or developed by George Lucas. It is also the first movie in the series that Walt Disney Studios has not distributed through Paramount Pictures since the latter company acquired Lucasfilm and the film rights to future sequels. The first four movie distribution rights and a lingering associate credit belong to Paramount.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Returning for one final adventure is the Man with the Hat. Harrison Ford returns to his legendary role as our favorite on-screen archaeologist in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Together with Ford is a talented ensemble cast that includes Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Olivier Richters, and Ethann Isidore.

James Mangold is the director of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Simon Emanuel, Frank Marshall, and Kathleen Kennedy are in charge of production. Executive producers are Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Once again creating the score is none other than John Williams, who has done so for every Indiana Jones film since the first Raiders of the Lost Ark came out in 1981.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Details

Directed by James Mangold
Written by
  • Jez Butterworth
  • John-Henry Butterworth
  • David Koepp
  • James Mangold
Based on

  • George Lucas
  • Philip Kaufman
Produced by
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Frank Marshall
  • Simon Emanuel
  • Harrison Ford
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Antonio Banderas
  • John Rhys-Davies
  • Toby Jones
  • Boyd Holbrook
  • Ethann Isidore
  • Mads Mikkelsen
Cinematography Phedon Papamichael
Edited by
  • Michael McCusker
  • Andrew Buckland
  • Dirk Westervelt
Music by John Williams
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Lucasfilm Ltd.
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • May 18, 2024 (Cannes)
  • June 30, 2024 (United States)
Running time
154 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $295–387 million
Box office $384 million


When Indiana Jones and Oxford archaeologist Basil Shaw go to rescue the Lance of Longinus from a fortress in the French Alps in 1944, they are caught by Nazis. The antikythera mechanism known as Archimedes’ Dial, created by the ancient Syracusan mathematician Archimedes, exposes temporal fissures, potentially enabling time travel. Jürgen Voller, an astronomer, tells his superiors that the Lance is a fake. After freeing Basil, Indy flees on a train headed for Berlin that is loaded with stolen artifacts. The two of them manage to get out of the train before the Allied forces derail it after he gets the piece of the Dial.

Indy is leaving Hunter College in New York City in 1969. Marion filed for legal separation from him recently, citing sadness brought on by their shared loss of their son Mutt in the Vietnam War. Archaeologist Helena Shaw, Indy’s goddaughter, pays an unannounced visit and expresses a desire to study the Dial. Indy cautions that before giving the Dial to Indy to destroy—something he never did—her late father, Basil, was obsessed with examining it. Voller’s cronies ambush Indy and Helena as they grab the Dial half from the college archives. In his current role as “Dr. Schmidt” for NASA, Voller receives assistance from the CIA. After being exposed as a smuggler of antiques, Helena steals the Dial to sell it at auction on the illicit market. Indianapolis is set up to.


  • Harrison Ford as Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr., a world-renowned globe-trotting archaeologist and college professor.
  • Anthony Ingruber as young Indiana Jones (1944). Ingruber had portrayed a younger version of Ford’s character William Jones in The Age of Adaline (2015), serving as the on-set body double before Ford’s de-aged likeness and voice was inserted over Ingruber’s using CGI for brief parts of the 1944 scenes of Dial of Destiny. Ingruber also portrays a hotel guest attending Helena’s auction.
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Helena Shaw, Indy’s goddaughter. The filmmakers described the character as “slippery, charming, the girl next door, a grifter,” a “pioneer in ethical accounting” and similar to comedic characters with “machine-gun” dialogue akin to those of Ben Hecht’s plays. She is the daughter of Indy’s old friend and colleague, Basil Shaw. Holly Lawton portrays a young Helena.
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Jürgen Voller, a Sociopathic German scientist, astrophysicist and former Nazi during World War II who has been hired by NASA under the name “Dr. Schmidt” to run the Apollo Moon landing program, while using CIA assets for his own gain.[16] Mikkelsen felt that Voller is a man who would like to “correct” some mistakes of the past with the film’s MacGuffin to make the world “a much better place to live in,” matching wits against Indy in a race to retrieve the artifact.
  • Antonio Banderas as Renaldo, an old friend of Indy who operates as an expert frogman. Banderas claimed that his character is a rogue who is “a good guy who dies for Indiana Jones”. He enjoyed working with Ford, Mangold and Steven Spielberg, who co-produced The Mask of Zorro (1998), one of his previous films. Banderas also pointed out that his role as Renaldo veers more into a cameo appearance.
  • John Rhys-Davies as Sallah, Indy’s old friend who aided in finding the Ark of the Covenant in 1936 and the Holy Grail in 1938. Sallah and his family have since immigrated to New York City with Indy’s assistance. He now works as a cab driver.
  • Toby Jones as Basil Shaw, an Oxford professor of archaeology, ally of Indy from his days in World War II, and Helena’s father, who was obsessed with the Dial.
  • Boyd Holbrook as Klaber, Voller’s nefarious and trigger-happy right-hand man in 1969. Holbrook described Klaber as Voller’s lapdog, “and a very crazy one at that.”
  • Ethann Isidore as Teddy Kumar, Helena’s young Moroccan sidekick in Tangier.
  • Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, Indy’s estranged wife, who aided in finding the Ark of the Covenant in 1936 and the Crystal Skull of Akator in 1957.
  • Shaunette Renée Wilson as Agent Mason, a CIA agent assigned to work for Voller.
  • Thomas Kretschmann as Colonel Weber, a Nazi for whom Voller works in 1944.
  • Olivier Richters as Hauke, a henchman of Voller. Richters takes on the role of a heavybuilt henchman that opposes Indiana, a role that was preceded by Pat Roach in the first two films, and Igor Jijikine in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
  • Mark Killeen as Pontimus, a soldier from 212 BC during the Siege of Syracuse.
  • Nasser Memarzia as Archimedes, a brilliant scientist from 212 BC Syracuse and inventor of the Antikythera (“Dial of Destiny”).
  • Martin McDougall as Durkin, a CIA agent working with Voller.
  • Alaa Safi as Aziz Rahim, the son of a Moroccan mobster, who was previously engaged to Helena Shaw.
  • Anna Francolini as Mandy, one of Indiana Jones’ colleagues at Hunter College.


Steven Spielberg and George Lucas signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1979 for five Indiana Jones movies. Regarding the protracted development of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), which was released a month later, Harrison Ford stated in April 2008 that he would reprise his role as Indiana Jones for a fifth movie if it did not take an additional twenty years to develop. Shia LaBeouf’s character Mutt Williams made his debut in the movie. Lucas, a writer and producer, had considered casting Williams as the main character in a fifth movie, but ultimately had second thoughts. Lucas remarked, “It’s not like he’s an old man,” meaning that Ford’s age would not be a problem when he made another movie. He is so nimble that he appears even.

Themes and influences

Crystal Skull did not, in the opinion of Mangold and Ford, do enough to draw attention to Jones’ advanced age and the new century he lives in. According to Mangold, “It became really important to me to figure out how to make this a movie about a hero at sunset” in reference to Dial of Destiny, the franchise’s climax. Although it was mentioned just briefly in the previous drafts, he indicated that Jones’s age will play a significant role in the movie: “The issues I brought up about Indy’s age were not things I thought were being addressed in the material being developed at the time.” Though the content itself wasn’t about it, there were some “old” jokes. Regardless of your biggest risk, in my opinion, you should take off.


Jones is seen in a cave in the first official still from the movie, which Ford unveiled at Star Wars Celebration in May 2022. Attendees at the D23 Expo in September 2022 saw exclusive footage. The video verified Rhys-Davies’ comeback and featured shots of a de-aged Ford in several action scenes. The first trailer for the movie and the title of the movie, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, were unveiled on December 1, 2022.John Friscia of The Escapist laughed at the trailer’s reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark, but he hoped the movie wouldn’t rely too much on nostalgia. On February 12, 2023, during Super Bowl LVII, a television commercial for the movie ran. New posters and trailers were unveiled at the 2023 Star Wars.


With $174.5 million in revenue in the US and Canada and $209.5 million in other markets, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny brought in $384 million globally. It is the most costly movie in the Indiana Jones franchise and among the most expensive movies ever filmed, with an estimated production budget of $294.7 million, excluding marketing expenses. The movie’s high production and marketing costs led to its label as a box office disaster. According to Collider, the movie would need to gross about $600 million to break even and $800 million to be deemed successful. Disney lost an estimated $143 million on the movie, making it one of the most financially disastrous movies the firm has released since John Carter (2012).

Alongside Ruby Gillman and Teenage Kraken, Dial of Destiny was released in the US and Canada. It was anticipated to gross between $60 and 65 million domestically from 4,600 cinemas during its first weekend. In addition, it was anticipated to bring in about $80 million from overseas markets, for a roughly $140 million global premiere. TheWrap reported that the movie’s tracking was underwhelming in Asian markets and that Americans under 30 had a “much lower presence in ticket presales compared to the average summer tentpole”. On its opening day, the movie brought in $24 million, with $7.2 million coming from Thursday night previews.


Disney CEO Bob Iger stated in 2016 that although there was uncertainty regarding the franchise’s future with Ford, the fifth movie would not be the last in the series. In 2022, Ford announced that the fifth film in the Indiana Jones series would be his final, and Kennedy reiterated previous remarks that the actor would not be replaced in the role. Disney explored a number of ideas to carry on the brand that November, such as more movies or a TV show for Disney+. This would have been the second prequel series after The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and by March 2024, it was rumored that Lucasfilm had canceled the Indiana Jones films and television shows in order to concentrate on the Star Wars property. The month after, Disney affirmed that.


  • As part of the 2013 deal transferring the distribution rights of future Indiana Jones films from Paramount Pictures to the Walt Disney Studios, Paramount retained the distribution rights to the first four films, and a residual associate credit (“in association with Paramount Pictures”) in the film’s credits and promotional materials, as well as “financial participation” from the film. Paramount’s logo also appears in the films’ opening titles.
  • While Disney officially reported spending $294.7 million producing the film, other figures, including “$300 million+,” and “$387.2 million” have been reported.

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