After rising to prominence as the major creative voice behind the series Fleabag and Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge rose to the upper echelons of fame in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, contributing to the 2021 screenplay at “No Time to Die.” She will next appear in another popular franchise, Indiana Jones 5, in which she will play Helena, Indy’s goddaughter.
Waller-Bridge offered a cryptic glimpse into her character in an interview with Empire, calling Helena “a mystery and a wonder.” Director James Mangold, who previously directed Logan and Ford v Ferrari, called the character “raunchy, charming, the girl next door, a crook.” Even Harrison Ford chimed in, adding that she was “a pioneer in ethical accounting.”
Reading the Indian Jones screenplay was exhilarating for Waller-Bridge. “I’ve never read a screenplay so quickly; I came out of a kind of fog after that,” she recalled. “I just couldn’t believe how much fun I was having and how moved I was by it. And then I had a zoom and I screamed, ‘YES!’ at [the producers]According to Mangold, Waller-Bridge was considered in part for her ability to channel Barbara Stanwyck in the 1941 screwball classic The Lady Eve.
Waller-Bridge isn’t the only new addition to the world of Indiana Jones. It has also been confirmed that Mads Mikkelsen is joining the cast as Indy’s Nazi nemesis Voller, who seeks world domination. Indiana Jones 5 is slated to hit theaters on June 30, 2023.