Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is Indy’s Goddaughter Helena In Indiana Jones 5: ‘She’s A Mystery And A Wonder’ – Exclusive Image | Movies

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s progress has been amazing to see. After breaking the fourth wall and grabbing the world’s attention with Fleasthen refresh the small screen spy drama with Kill EveShe has blown away to a galaxy far, far away in android form Solo: A Star Wars Storyaccommodating SNLand brush in 007’s dialogue No Time to Die. Next stop: Indiana Jones 5, where she will play a central role in Harrison Ford’s last outing wearing a fedora. In the adventure set in Indy in 1969, she enters the fray as Helena – none other than Henry Jones Jr.’s goddaughter.

“She’s a mystery and a wonder,” Waller-Bridge said Empire, teasing his role which is mostly under-wraps. Indeed, there are plenty of adjectives to describe Helena. According to new director James Mangold, she is “slippery, charming, girl-next-door, grifter”. Per Harrison Ford himself, she is a “pioneer in ethical accounting”. And for the actor, it all stemmed from a conversation with the legendary producer Kathleen Kennedy. “Kathy was in London and she asked to have lunch with me, and she mentioned this quite frankly,” recalls Waller-Bridge. “I immediately ordered ten bottles of wine. Then this is the fastest I’ve ever read a script; I then came out of some haze. I couldn’t believe how much fun I had and how much feeling I had. And then I got Zoom and screamed, ‘YES!’ in the Centre.”

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For Mangold, a key reference point for Waller-Bridge in bringing Helena to life was Barbara Stanwyck’s role in the 1941 screwball comedy The Lady of the Night (“I was like, ‘Oh yeah, sure, I’ll do my Barbara Stanwyck’,” laughed Waller-Bridge. “IT’S BECOMING AN IMPOSSIBLE LOOK.”) But among all the conning and comedy also came the chance to jump into the kind of giant set-piece that the Indiana Jones films do best. “Honestly, I loved it,” he said. “When you’re playing a character who throws himself on the back of a vehicle, there’s no acting around that. You have to bloody do it.” Helena’s mystery and wonder is about to unfold.

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Empire - January 2023 cover

For Empire‘s full world-only Indiana Jones 5 cover story, look for the issue – packed with the very first images and interviews, talking to Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Boyd Holbrook, James Mangold, Jez and John- Henry Butterworth, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel – when it hits newsstands on Thursday 24 November. Pre-order a copy online here. Indiana Jones 5 comes to UK cinemas on 30 June 2023.

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