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Mads Mikkelsen's Latest Remarks About Indiana Jones 5 Will Get Fans Hyped

It's no secret by now that "Indiana Jones 5" is coming. A sequel to the blockbuster franchise has been in the pipeline for years — since 2016, at least, though constant delays have pushed it further and further into the future. Fans have been a bit concerned about a new adventure for the famous archaeologist, given that Harrison Ford's last outing as Indy was more than a decade ago. Yes, that's right: "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" came out in 2008. Steven Spielberg isn't helming number five, although he's still attached as a producer. 

There has been some movement with the project. James Mangold ("Logan") became attached to direct. John Williams, composer, signed on to continue the franchise's musical tradition. Phoebe Waller-Bridge ("Fleabag") was announced as the female lead. And Mads Mikkelsen, known to "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" fans as Galen Erso, signed on to star opposite Ford and Waller-Bridge. Other than the casting news, however, it's been quiet. Too quiet ...

Fortunately, fans just got some more good buzz to get excited about. Recent comments from Mikkelsen indicate that not only is "Indiana Jones 5" coming, but it's coming in hot

Mikkelson is 'very, very excited' about the new film

Mikkelsen's comments came as a preview to a forthcoming interview with Collider. He said he'd watched "'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark' recently," and called the movie "well-done and so charming." He also noted that it was a great honor to be part of such a well-known franchise, one that he grew up with. He also said, "I'm very, very excited about it ... I'm in a lucky position where they let me read the script before. And yes, it was everything I wished it to be, so that was just great."

While the preview didn't offer much detail about what's in the script, it does demonstrate that Mikkelsen is quite pleased with the creative direction the fifth film is taking — at least, at the scripting stage. He also indicated that there's enough room within the four corners of those pages for him to mold his character to his liking, which can only be a good thing. "I do think I'm invited in to create a character," he said. "I think that everybody wants that. That's why they pick certain actors that they think can come up with certain things, and it will be a collaboration as it always is." 

Referencing his 2020 film "Riders of Justice," he noted that there's a similar mix of character styles in "Indiana Jones," which also recalls the 1930s. Honestly, all we want from the next "Indiana Jones" is something funny and interesting, with a great script. So, if what Mikkelsen says is all true, it looks like fans might be in for a good time with the next "Indiana Jones" film when it hits screens July 28, 2022.