Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star as female lead in new Indiana Jones Film 3 weeks ago

Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star as female lead in new Indiana Jones Film

It's more Hollywood involvement for the Fleabag star

The makers of Indiana Jones, Lucasfilms, have announced that Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been cast as the female lead in the fifth-installment of the franchise.

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The Fleabag creator, who was also recently involved as a writer on the new James Bond film No Time To Die, will appear in the new film alongside Harrison Ford, who will be returning as the famous archeologist.

For the first time though, it will not be Steven Spielberg directing an Indiana Jones film. James Mangold will be the director, with Spielberg, who created the franchise, serving as a producer.

In a statement on their website, Lucasfilm announced the casting of Waller-Bridge, alongside the news that John Williams will yet again be composing the music for the film.

The statement reads: "If adventure has a name…it must be Indiana Jones! Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FleabagSolo: A Star Wars Story) will star alongside Harrison Ford, who is returning to the role of the legendary hero archaeologist, for the fifth installment of the iconic franchise.

"In addition, the inimitable John Williams will return to score the film, continuing a musical journey which began 40 years ago with Raiders of the Lost Ark. Williams’ unforgettable Indy soundtracks, packed with all the epic thrills, suspense, romance and excitement that fans have come to expect from an Indiana Jones movie, have become as beloved and familiar as the adventurer-hero’s signature hat and whip."

Mangold described Waller-Bridge as a "dazzling actor and brilliant creative voice," and praised the chemistry that the actress would bring to the set.

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The film is set to be released on July 29 next year, 14 years after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hit the big screen. Whilst it received mixed reviews from critics, it was a huge box office success, raking in $790 million worldwide making it the second-highest grossing film of 2008.

As of yet there is no information on the plot for the film or the role that Waller-Bridge may have.