By Ron Howells • 16 July 2021 • 6:54
Antonio Banderas joins the cast of 'Indiana Jones 5'. image: Wikipedia
Antonio Banderas joins the cast of ‘Indiana Jones 5’
Malaga’s ‘favourite son’, Antonio Banderas, has joined the cast of Indiana Jones 5 alongside Harrison Ford.
Banderas starred as Pablo Picasso in the second season of Genius (2018) and played the lead role in Pain and Glory from frequent collaborator Pedro Almodóvar, for which he received an Oscar nomination. He also appeared in the comedy actioner The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and will star opposite Penélope Cruz in the Spanish comedy Official Competition, from directors Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat.
Banderas will co-star as Ford relaunches his iconic title role as the adventuring archaeologist, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Mads Mikkelsen also joining the Disney franchise for the fifth instalment. Logan filmmaker James Mangold has taken over the directing duties from Steven Spielberg, who helmed the first four features.
Indiana Jones 5 has already started production at Pinewood Studios near London. The fifth Indiana Jones film has a long development process going back to 2008, when, coming off the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, reports first surfaced that writer George Lucas and director Spielberg were aiming for a fifth entry. In 2016, Disney announced the film would be released in 2019 with Spielberg returning as director — but without Lucas being actively involved.
David Koepp was originally attached as the film’s writer; then Jonathan Kasdan reportedly took over; then Dan Fogelman; and then Koepp reportedly became involved once again. In February 2020, it was reported that Spielberg was stepping down from directing the project but would remain a hands-on producer, with Mangold taking over behind the camera.
In addition to Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel will serve as producers on the film.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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