If Indiana Jones 5 starts shooting in May as planned, original star John Rhys-Davies is on board to return as Sallah gets the call. After years of gestation in the hell of development, Indiana Jones 5 finally seems to be on track with James Mangold in the director’s chair. Last month, Disney confirmed that it planned to start filming the sequel this spring and release the movie in 2022.
In 1981 John Rhys-Davies appeared as Sallah in the original Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, where he becomes a good friend of Indy. He reprized the role in 1989 for the third episode of the series, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While Rhys-Davies isn’t as sure as Disney that production will start in May, he recently told ComingSoon.net that he would be available to return if needed.
“I understand that the film will be made, reportedly in May. I have the slightest skepticism that the world will be able to make such a film in May. I think I may be asked to play in it. If I am. Nominated, I’ll serve! (laughs) But I think we’ll have to wait a little longer and, you know, actually have our masters make announcements and then you can share my joy or my disappointment. Is that diplomatic enough? “
Rhys-Davies did not appear in 2008 Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull, but that’s not because he wasn’t asked. In an interview with HeyUGuys in 2011, the actor revealed that he had been approached to do a cameo, but felt the idea they had in mind didn’t do the character justice.
“I wanted to sit down and then it would fit into the wedding or something like Indy getting a prize or something. I thought Sallah’s character is worth more to the audience than that,” explained Rhys-Davies.
Along with his role as Sallah in the Indiana Jones franchise, Rhys-Davies is also known for his roles in the Lord of the Rings movies, The untouchables, The Living Daylights, and shows like Sliders and The Shannara Chronicles. A prolific voice actor, he also had voice roles in Aquarius, Mosleyand Guillermo del Toro’s DreamWorks series Wizards: Tales of Arcadia. If Indiana Jones 5 really will be Harrison Ford’s last outing as the titular character, and hopefully Rhys-Davies will be able to return to give Sallah a proper goodbye too.
Indiana Jones 5 was originally intended to be directed by Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous episodes of the series. At one point, the film was given a release date of July 19, 2019. Multiple script rewrites halted the project and Spielberg later retired as director, although he will remain on board as producer. Now the film is on track to release on July 29, 2022, provided there are no more significant delays. This news comes from ComingSoon.net.
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