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

The rise of Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been remarkable to behold. After smashing the fourth wall and grabbing the world’s attention with Fleabagthen rejuvenating the small-screen spy drama with Killing Eveshe’s blasted off to a galaxy far, far away in android form Solo: A Star Wars Storyhosted SNLand brushed up 007’s dialogue in No Time To Die. Next stop: Indiana Jones 5, where she’ll play a pivotal part in Harrison Ford’s final fedora-topped outing. In Indy’s 1969-set adventure, she enters the fray as Helena – none other than Henry Jones Jr’s goddaughter.

“She’s a mystery and a wonder,” Waller-Bridge tells Empire, teasing her largely-under-wraps role. In fact, plenty of adjectives abound when describing Helena. According to incoming director James Mangold, she’s “slippery, charming, the girl next door, a grifter”. By Harrison Ford himself, she’s “a pioneer in ethical accounting”. And for the actor, it all sprang from a conversation with legendary producer Kathleen Kennedy. “Kathy was in London and asked to have dinner with me, and casually mentioned this,” recalls Waller-Bridge. “I immediately ordered ten bottles of wine. Then it was the fastest I’ve ever read a script; I came out of a sort of haze afterwards. I just couldn’t believe how much fun I had and how moved I was by it. And then I had a Zoom and screamed, ‘YES!’ at them all.”

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

Gone Empire‘s full world-exclusive Indiana Jones 5 cover story, seek out the issue – packed with the very first images and interviews, speaking 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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