Harrison Ford appeared to be on the verge of tears during a screening of the star’s fifth and final Indiana Jones movie at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Hollywood legend was met with a 5-minute standing ovation following the film premiere, and even received an honorary award for his work over the years.
The eighty-year-old received the biggest cheers of the night, and was even announced to the red carpet by the title of ‘Indiana Jones’!
Prior to the screening, Ford was called to the stage by the director of the Cannes Festival Thierry Frémaux. Following a reel of his most legendary roles from The Fugitive to Star Wars, Ford was presented with a surprise Palme d’Or.
“I’m very moved by this,” Ford said, per Variety. “They say when you’re about to die, you see your life flash before your eyes, and I just saw my life flash before my eyes. A great part of my life, but not all of my life. My life has been enabled by my lovely wife, who has supported my passion and my dreams, and I’m grateful.”
He then turned to the audience: “I love you, too. But I’ve got a movie you ought to see. It’s right behind me. So let me get out of the way, and thank you again for this great honour.”
Disney and Lucasfilm announced late last year that the franchise’s final Ford movie is called Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. It marks first new movie for the franchise since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The movie is set to come out in cinemas June 30, 2023, and is understandably shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated films of the year.
Directed by James Mangold (known for his work on Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line and Logan), the screenplay is written by brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. The pair have worked with Mangold previously on 2019’s Ford v Ferrari.
One of the most exciting aspects of the movie, which fans got a glimpse of in the teaser trailer, is de-aged Harrison Ford. It appears the movie will use both Ford’s regular eighty-year-old face and the special effects younger version.
The new movie also features a whole host of A-list Hollywood actors, including Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Other big names include Hannibal actor Mads Mikkelsen, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actor Toby Jones and The Mask of Zorro‘s Antonio Banderas.
Producers include cinema legends George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, as well as Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Emanuel and Frank Marshall. John Williams will return to the franchise for the fifth time to provide the score.
However, the trailer didn’t seem to give much away about the new flick, so it seems fans will be left in the lurch for a little longer as to what the story entails.
The clip was first debuted back in September exclusively for the room at D23 in Anaheim by Kennedy alongside Mangold and the movie’s leads, Ford and Waller-Bridge.
“I’m very proud to say that this one is fantastic, and this is one of the reasons,” said an emotional Ford at the time, pointing to thirty-seven-year-old Waller-Bridge.
“Indiana Jones movies are about mystery and adventure, but they’re also about heart,” the Hollywood legend continued, “and I’m really, really happy that we have a really human story to tell, as well as a movie that will kick your ass.”
He went on to explain that “this is it,” and will be his last movie for the forty-one-year-old franchise, despite the films being an “incredible experience.”
“I will not fall down for you again,” he joked.
“I had the time of my life making this movie. I feel so incredibly lucky and keeping up with this guy is exhausting,” said Waller-Bridge, indicating toward Ford.
Fans have responded to the trailer with excitement.
One said: “That brought me out in goosebumps, and brought a tear to my eye. Damn, that looks cool. And Sallah is back! That’s the icing on the cake.”
Another commented: “This trailer gave me chills and watery eyes. Like… the character of Indy inspired me so much and now that I’m old and seeing them old?
“It’s like seeing old friends (even though they’re fictional) and knowing it’ll be the last time together. Let’s do this… One. Last. Time.”