Composer John Williams reveals the theme music and name of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character in Indiana Jones 5. The highly-anticipated forthcoming installment in the Indiana Jones saga will mark the franchise’s return to the big screen after more than a decade, following Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. Harrison Ford returns as the iconic archeologist he first brought to life in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark.
While details are sparse regarding the actual plot of Indiana Jones 5, including the official name, rumors have circulated that it may be Ford’s last film, marking an official retirement from acting. This will be the first entry in the series that will not be directed by Steven Spielberg, with James Mangold stepping in instead. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is best known for her work on the hit series Fleabag, will star alongside Ford. Other newcomers include Antonio Banderas, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, and Toby Jones. Now, new details are emerging about Waller-Bridge’s character, including the music that will accompany her introduction to the series.
Famed composer John Williams recently debuted the theme song for Waller-Bridge’s character during a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Leading into the performance, Williams also revealed the name of Waller-Bridge’s character, and offered more details about her role in Indiana Jones 5. Check out the full music below:
Waller-Bridge will play Helena, who he describes as a “femme fatale” with the glamour of a ’50s Hollywood actress. As the majority of Waller-Bridge’s experience has been in the comedy genre, it will be interesting to see the actress take on a drastically different role than viewers are used to seeing. However, with Ford’s classic dry humor and sarcasm being a quintessential trait of Indy’s character, it will also be exciting to see if, or how, Mangold incorporates this femme fatale side of Helena with the signature off-beat humor Waller-Bridge is known for.
Indy’s previous leading ladies were portrayed by an array of Hollywood A-listers, with previous stars including the likes of Karen Allen as Marian Ravenswood and Kate Capshaw as Willie Scott starring opposite Ford. It seems Indiana Jones 5 is using a different formula with casting Waller-Bridge, whose comedy background could inject new life into the franchise. However, if the music is any indication on where Mangold’s vision is taking Indiana Jones 5, it will certainly pay homage to the Indiana Jones fans know and love.