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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny debuts Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival


CANNES, France (AP) — Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford will storm into Cannes on Thursday for the world premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” in one of the most anticipated events of the French Riviera festival.

Ford, 80, who has said “Dial of Destiny” will be his last appearance as a character, will also receive an honorary Pale d’Or from the Cannes Film Festival. Last year, Cannes celebrated “Top Gun Maverick” and Tom Cruise in a similar fashion.

It is not the first Indiana Jones film to premiere at Cannes. The fourth part, “Indiana and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, was launched during the 2008 edition of the festival. Critics and fans alike dismissed “Crystal Skull” as a misjudged sequel, even though it still grossed $790 million worldwide.

This time around, “Dial of Destiny” hopes to have a similar, if not greater, global impact without its celebrity filmmakers. The new movie, which Walt Disney Co. will release in the US on June 30, is the first “Indiana” film not directed by Steven Spielberg or with a story credited to George Lucas. Instead, James Mangold (“Ford vs. Ferrari,” “Logan”) takes the reins for a movie starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.