Anti-aging technology will help Indiana Jones ‘travel back in time’ to 1944 to fight the Nazis

There are few Hollywood adventure heroes ever to achieve iconic status comparable to Indiana Jones, the whip-cracking archaeologist played by Harrison Ford in memorable films like 1981. In search of the lost ark.

Throughout his travels around the world, the rugged Dr. Jones often clashed with the Nazis in search of ancient mythical treasures imbued with supernatural powers that he claimed “belong in a museum.” Today, like the artifacts sought by the fictional archaeologist, actor Harrison Ford, 80, shows some of the wear and tear from years of his adventures.

However, that won’t stop you from traveling back in time to the early 1940s in the opening sequence of the highly anticipated fifth installment of the Indiana Jones film franchise, where viewers will be transported back to the early days of Indy with the help of modern anti-aging technology.

Much of the upcoming film, including its title, remains closely guarded, though a forthcoming issue of Empire has offered some early glimpses of Ford decked out in his signature fedora and leather jacket. However, the Indy 5 teaser also details how the film’s opening sequence will be set eight years after the events outlined in in search of the lost arkwhere a younger Dr. Jones will be seen fighting his old nemesis, the Nazis, as they storm a castle reminiscent of the sets featured in the third film in the series. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

In previous years, attempts to push back the age of actors reprising roles earlier in their careers often relied on makeup and other special effects being applied directly. However, in recent years, the increasing use of computer-generated imagery to apply 3D anti-aging effects in post-production, often with mixed results, has become the norm in Hollywood.

Primarily, the way the technology works is a series of tiny markers that are applied directly to an actor’s or actress’s face, allowing their facial expressions and other movements to be synchronized almost perfectly with a computer-generated reconstruction. computer of your face or face. that of another actor.

One of the best known cases where this technology can be seen is in programs like Disney’s. the mandalorian Y the book of boba fett who used this technique to model the face of a young Mark Hamill and apply it to the body of a younger body double. In the Mandalorian, Disney received a fair degree of flak from critics for the unrealistic result of its attempts to map the 3D-rendered face of young Luke Skywalker onto a body double with the help of actor Mark Hamill.

Most notably, a video series produced by a special effects artist demonstrating a more realistic-looking method of achieving the anti-aging effect resulted in him being hired by Disney to reproduce his results for the follow-up series. the book of boba fett in which actor Mark Hamill was not actually involved, apart from having his visual image recreated, as well as his voice, courtesy of the Respeecher artificial intelligence program.

Though Disney’s second attempt at recreating a young Luke Skywalker was far more impressive than what we saw in the Mandalorian, The anti-aging film technology employed for the opening minutes of the new Indiana Jones movie is reportedly so good, it even caught Harrison Ford off guard.


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“It’s kind of creepy,” Ford said recently. “I don’t think you want to know how it works, but it works.”

The upcoming fifth installment of the legendary adventures of Dr. Jones, most of which take place in 1969, will feature Harrison Ford as he appears in reality and he will face a new nemesis played by actor Mads Mikkelsen. The film is scheduled to appear in theaters on June 30, 2023.

Micah Hanks is editor-in-chief and co-founder of The Debrief. He follows his work in micahhanks.com and on Twitter: @MicahHanks.

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