The octogenarian Hollywood icon may get older, but that doesn’t mean he’s leaving the screen behind. The actor — best known for essaying Han Solo in?Star Wars, CIA agent Jack Ryan, and Rick Deckard in? Blade Runner — is returning to the big screens with his fourth cult character, Indiana Jones, for the fifth and probably also for the one last time. But this time, he’s not wearing the fedora for any adventure. This particular escapade is the fifth and final installment in the Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny series, directed by Logan director James Mangold.
As he prepares to don the iconic fedora again, Ford recently sat down with CNN and MAX’s Chris Wallace for a wide-ranging interview. During the chat, the legendary star spoke about what makes his character so special and why he needed to take on the role again.
“I wanted to do this one because I had a strong desire to go out on a high note,” Ford explained. “Not just to say goodbye to everyone, but to have a great story with the family that supported me and did it well.
And I could do it with the film I’m making.”
The fifth and final Indiana Jones movie will see our favorite archaeologist team up with his goddaughter Helena Shaw (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) in a race against nefarious forces to secure a powerful artifact. It’s the first film in the franchise that Steven Spielberg doesn’t direct, and the cast also includes Antonio Banderas, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, John Rhys-Davies, and Thomas Kretschmann.
In addition to his Indy adventures, Ford is starring in the Apple TV+ comedy Shrinking and the Paramount+ drama 1923, which will see him play U.S. President Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. He also has the Marvel tentpole Captain America: Brave New World in his future.
But as for the rumors of him retiring from acting after this film, the 80-year-old star shot those down immediately. “Those who want to speculate on my retirement are trolling a-holes,” Ford said. “They try to profit from my feelings on other films and culture war politics. They push rumor and conjecture as facts to gin up clicks. And that’s wrong.” He added, “If I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire on my terms.” Watch the full interview in the gallery above. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny hits theaters on June 30th. And for more on the film, you can check out the trailer below.