The climb of Phoebe Waller-Bridge was excellent. After breaking the fourth wall and capturing the world’s attention Eaglethen rejuvenate the spy drama on the small screen Killing Evehe flew to a galaxy far, far away in the form of an android Solo: A Star Wars Storyhost SNLand updated 007’s dialogue No time to die. Next stop: Indiana Jones 5, in which he plays a pivotal role in Harrison Ford’s ultimate fedora-wearing journey. In Indy’s 1969 adventure, she enters the fray as Helena, Henry Jones Jr.’s goddaughter.
“He’s mysterious and amazing,” says Waller-Bridge Empire, teasing his largely hidden role. In fact, there are many adjectives that can be used to describe Helena. According to director James Mangold, she is “slick, cute, girl-next-door, badass.” As Harrison Ford himself said, he was a “pioneer of ethical accounting.” And for the actor, it all came from a conversation with legendary producer Kathleen Kennedy. “Kathy was in London and asked to have dinner with me and casually mentioned it,” recalls Waller-Bridge. “I immediately ordered ten bottles of wine. And then it was the fastest I’ve ever read a script; I then came out of a kind of fog. I couldn’t believe how much fun I had and how impressed I was with him. Then I had Zoom and “YES!” I shouted. in all of them.’
For Mangold, the key reference in bringing Helena to life for Waller-Bridge was Barbara Stanwyck’s role in the 1941 screwball comedy. Mrs. Eve (“I thought, ‘Yeah, sure, I’m going to do my own Barbara Stanwyck,'” laughs Waller-Bridge. “THAT’S AN IMPOSSIBLE DEED.”) But among all the fun and comedy, there was also the opportunity to jump. Indiana Jones has become the kind of big action set piece that the movies do best. “Honestly, I loved it,” she says. “When you play a character who throws himself in the back of a car, there’s no action involved. You have to do it.” Elena’s secret and wonders are about to be revealed.
For Empirea complete world exclusive Indiana Jones 5 Packed with first-look images and interviews with Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Boyd Holbrook, James Mangold, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel – when it hits newsstands on Thursday, November 24. Order your copy online here. Indiana Jones 5 It arrives in UK cinemas on 30 June 2023.