Indiana Jones 5: what is the Dial of Destiny? Everything we know about the movie

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Indiana Jones 5: what is the Dial of Destiny? Everything we know about the movie
Juan Carlos Saloz

Juan Carlos Saloz

Indiana Jones is back. Although Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull received critical backlash upon its release in 2008, the most beloved archaeologist in cinema history is returning to redeem himself with Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. This time, the film will be directed by James Mangold instead of Steven Spielberg, but Harrison Ford will once again portray the character at the age of 80.


There are many mysteries yet to be unveiled about this movie, from its plot to its cast, and what exactly is the Dial of Destiny. So, let’s take a comprehensive look at everything we know about the film and when it will hit theaters worldwide… and subsequently Disney Plus.

What is the Dial of Destiny and what is Indiana Jones 5 about?

The fifth official Indiana Jones film will move forward a few years, just like Indy’s age, compared to the previous ones. This time, we will travel to 1969, a year in which, although World War II is in the past, a Cold War has emerged with countries competing to become the leading global power and be the first to send a man to the Moon.

In this context, the U.S. government hires former Nazis to assist them in the development of the program that will send the first man to the Moon. These are desperate measures for a desperate situation, but Indiana doesn’t quite agree with it… and he believes that the move could backfire on them.

One of these scientists is Voller, portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen. This German engineer and presumably a Nazi, works for NASA, but his plans go beyond moon landing. He also intends to carry out his own experiments with the world around us.

Beyond the context and trailers, we don’t have much information about the movie. It’s clear that Nazis will make a return and Indy will have to adapt to a new era for which he may not be fully prepared. But what is the Dial of Destiny?

At the moment, there isn’t much information available, but if we follow the pattern of previous plots, such as the Ark of the Covenant, it’s likely to be a key object that serves as a McGuffin for the adventure and holds the “destiny” of humanity in its hands.

Cast of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

The cast of Indiana Jones 5 is nothing short of impressive, combining classic actors like Ford and Antonio Banderas with new stars like the aforementioned Mikkelsen and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It is clear that the film will have a stellar ensemble filled with charismatic performers, making this new story an unparalleled adventure. The complete main cast is as follows:

  • Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Helena Shaw
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Jürgen Voller
  • Antonio Banderas as Renaldo
  • John Rhys-Davies as Sallah
  • Toby Jones as Basil Shaw
  • Boyd Holbrook as Klaber
  • Shaunette Renée Wilson as Agent Mason
  • Thomas Kretschmann as Colonel Weber

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Trailer and Posters

To get a better understanding of what the story will be about, there’s nothing like taking a look at the main trailer of the movie, as well as the rest of the promotional material that has been released over the months. Undoubtedly, it has every right to proclaim itself as an Indiana Jones film.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Release Date

Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for release on June 30, 2023. In other words, it is one of the summer movies that will aim to be a big blockbuster. We still don’t have official information on when it will be available on Disney Plus, the platform where it will eventually land, but everything indicates that it will be within a period of 3 to 6 months from its theatrical release.


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Juan Carlos Saloz

Juan Carlos Saloz

Cultural journalist specialized in film, series, comics, video games, and everything your parents tried to keep you away from during your childhood. Also an aspiring film director, screenwriter, and professional troublemaker.

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