Rumors have been circulating for months that Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be taking over the “Indiana Jones” franchise from Harrison Ford after the upcoming fifth installment, officially titled “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” Those rumors intensified after the sequel’s first trailer debuted online on Dec. 1 that director James Mangold took to Twitter to call out “trolling asses” for spreading misinformation.
“Once again. No one is ‘taking over’ or replacing Indy or donning his hat, nor is he being ‘erased’ by some design,” Mangold wrote. “And he was never, not in any clip or script – but trolls will troll – that’s how they get their clicks.”
Mangold continued, “And please don’t wear me out [by] which points out how sometimes a troll is ‘right’. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut now and then. All one has to do is look at set photos and interviews and you get enough information to make wild guesses about a movie plot.”
“The difference between trolling a-holes and everyone else is them [are] try to make [money] from your feelings about other films and culture war politics,” Mangold continued. “They float controversial guesses as coming from ‘sources’ to screenshot clicks. Let it go.”
“Fleabag” Emmy winner Waller-Bridge stars in “Indiana Jones 5” as Helena, the goddaughter of Harrison Ford’s iconic adventurer. The two take on Nazis in 1969 against the backdrop of the Space Race. Also in the film are Antonio Banderas John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook and Mads Mikkelsen. Because “Dial of Destiny” is positioned as Ford’s last outing, fans are already speculating how the film will hand over the keys to the actor’s successor. Mangold said no such move would occur.
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” opens June 30, 2023 in theaters from Disney.