Antonio Banderas is Jones-ing…
The 60-year-old Spanish Oscar-nominated actor is set to star opposite Harrison Ford in the anticipated next installment in the Indiana Jones franchise.
Banderas has closed a deal to join the film alongside Ford, who returns as the famous archaeologist, and an all-star ensemble that includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson.
For Banderas, the film marks another major franchise for the international star.
James Mangold is taking over directing reins from Steven Spielberg, who still is serving as a producer and is very much involved in various elements of the film.
John Williams, who has worked on every score in the 40-year-old franchise including its iconic theme, also will return as composer. Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Mangold co-wrote the script.
Production is currently underway, with the film set to bow on July 29, 2022. Plot details are still vague on what new adventure awaits Jones, as well as details behind who Banderas will be playing.
Banderas, who recently earned his first Oscar nomination for his work in Pain and Glory, has been busy lining up a handful of major properties and possible franchises starting with The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. He also recently finished production on Sony’s Uncharted starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. He is also returning to star in the DreamWorks Animation sequel Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. He will next be seen starring opposite Penelope Cruz in the Spanish comedy Official Competition.