Watch old Indy and young Indy (his son, of course) fight Russians and evil archaeologists (are there such things?) when “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” opens May 22, 2008 worldwide. Until then, here’s the teaser poster (thumbnail to your left, bigger version below) for the movie, and more information about the plot from producer Frank Marshall. And yes, Cate Blanchett is playing a Russian villain.
When last we saw Indy, he was riding off into the sunset in 1989’s The Last Crusade, set in 1938 near the start of World War II. The new movie, due this spring, is set at the height of the Cold War in 1957, so the character has aged in real time — 19 years.
The Nazis are no longer Indy’s chief foe — he’s racing for the Crystal Skull against operatives from the Soviet Union, including Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the seductive Agent Spalko. “Indy always has a love-hate relationship with every woman he ever comes in contact with,” [Producer Frank] Marshall says.
Ray Winstone, currently the star of Beowulf, co-stars as an unethical rival archaeologist. Transformers star Shia LaBeouf sports greaser hair and rides a motorcycle as the hero’s sidekick.
The Last Crusade concluded without a cliffhanger, but Crystal Skull will revisit bits from other films, including Karen Allen’s feisty Marion Ravenwood from 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Starring Harrison Ford, Shia LeBouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, and directed by Steven Spielberg off a story by George Lucas and script by David Koepp.