For the subsequent Indiana Jones film, Lucasfilm used a man-made intelligence program to de-age Harrison Ford and make him look a few years youthful. Ford himself has now commented on this, explaining that the AI program used precise, outdated footage of him for the brand new film.
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Ford stated, “They have this artificial intelligence program that can go through every foot of film that Lucasfilm owns.” He went on to say (through Variety), “Because I did a bunch of movies for them, they have all this footage, including film that wasn’t printed. So they can mine it from where the light is coming from, from the expression.”
After mining the archives to seek out the correct footage, the VFX group applies monitoring markers to Ford’s face and he stated the strains. “It’s fantastic,” Ford stated.
Ford himself does not understand how this all works, however he stated Indian Jones followers will see the actor’s “actual face” in The Dial of Destiny.
The Dial of Destiny is directed by James Mangold (Logan, Walk the Line), who stepped up after Steven Spielberg–who directed all of the earlier Indiana Jones films–dropped out. The opening takes place in 1944, which is why Ford is getting de-aged for the film.
The Dial of Destiny releases on June 30, 2023. In addition to Ford, the film stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, John Rhys-Davies, and Antonio Banderas.