Last December, Disney confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 would begin in the spring with Harrison Ford in the lead role. Today, another actor well known to fans of the saga evokes the film ... and its possible return.
The general public best remembers him as the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings. Others loved him in the costume of Professor Maximilian Arturo in the SF Sliders series. But if one character John Rhys-Davies is most famous for, it's Sallah in The Adventurers of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade.
This nice Egyptian, jovial and cheeky, was an unfailing ally for Indy, saving his ass several times. Much appreciated by fans, Sallah did not appear in The Temple of Doom or The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as John Rhys-Davies refused a cameo at the end of this 4th episode.
John Rhys-Davies, who had already confided in the past that he was interested in a return of Sallah, has just made a statement that will make the fans of the saga happy.
In any case, John Rhys-Davies' words corroborate Disney's statement, which confirmed a spring shoot at the investor panel last December. The actor is taking a few tweezers, but it seems pretty clear that Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir will be back in Indiana Jones 5, and in an important role. Otherwise, the Welsh actor would have declined the offer as he did for the 4th opus.
Very attached to the character, the 76-year-old actor imagined a heroic destiny for him as a protector of artefacts and antiquities: "I like to think that he would have been someone like Khaled al-Asaad, that wonderful 80-year-old man who defended his museum in Palmyra and hid his major treasures. He refused to hand them over to Daech and was beheaded in public. I think that's probably how I would have seen Sallah."
As a reminder, James Mangold, director of Logan and Le Mans 66, succeeded Steven Spielberg at the controls of this 5th episode, concluding the saga. Harrison Ford, 78 years old, seems more motivated than ever to finish in beauty an epic that began in 1981 with The Adventurers of the Lost Ark. See you on July 27, 2022, at the cinema! One hopes for a finale as beautiful as The Last Crusade, in which Indy and Sallah rode with bridle bent in the desert, under the setting sun.