Today sees some major news on the archaeological front, as Deadline broke the news that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is set to star in the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise opposite Harrison Ford.
The film, which is set to begin production this summer, sees Logan and Ford v. Ferrari filmmaker James Mangold taking over directing duties from Steven Spielberg, who is busy at work on his semi-autobiographical new film. This will mark the first time that someone other than Spielberg has directed an Indy movie.
Spielberg remains on board as a producer, along with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel. The legendary John Williams will be returning as producer.
This is a massive career move for the very in-demand Waller-Bridge, who is scooping up major new projects left and right. The multi-hyphenate actor-writer-producer-showrunner won 3 Emmys in 2019 for the final season of her hit series Fleabag, while also having notched several other nominations for the series Killing Eve.
As an actor she voiced the fan favorite droid L3-37 in the film Solo: A Star Wars Story, which paired her up with Donald Glover. It was recently announced that the duo would be reuniting to star in a new Amazon series based on the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which she will also executive produce and write for. She is also a credited writer on the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.
The sky is truly the limit for Waller-Bridge right now, and that’s clearly evidenced by her signing on to another mega franchise for this highly anticipated film.
The next Indiana Jones adventure is currently scheduled for a July 29, 2022 release date.