Indiana Jones 5 castmembers were seen filming flashback scenes dressed as Nazis on Monday… 40 years after Harrison Ford took on the soldiers in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The veteran actor, 78, was not seen on the set, with the sequence shot with minimal actors and crew on an empty road in the Dumfriesshire countryside in Scotland on Sunday.
While the plot for Indiana Jones 5 has been shrouded in mystery, there have been rumours it will take place in the Sixties, indicating the Nazi scenes being filmed will just be shown as flashbacks.
Flashback: Indiana Jones 5 castmembers were seen filming flashback scenes dressed as Nazis on Monday… 40 years after Harrison Ford took on the soldiers in Raiders of the Lost Ark
For the filming, stunt drivers were seen racing along the road in a World War II car with Nazi flags on it.
Also present were motorbikes with sidecars, with the elaborate scenes requiring cranes, heavy-duty lighting and a smoke machine.
Star of the film Harrison was not present, but other sequences have seen a stuntman wearing a mask resembling a young Indiana Jones, hinting at flashbacks to the 1980s, when the movie franchise was launched.
While the plot is yet to be released, it’s been rumoured that Indiana Jones 5 will will revolve around the space race, specifically before the Apollo 11 moon landing.
No-show: Harrison Ford was once again absent, as the sequence was shot with minimal actors and crew on an empty road in the Dumfriesshire countryside in Scotland
Back at it: Harrison, 78, is reprising his role as Indiana Jones 30 years after the film franchise began and 13 years on from the last film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (pictured on set)
Iconic: Harrison and love interest Karen Allen famously took on the Nazis during the 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark film
According to the Illuminerdi Harrison will take on villain Mads Mikkelsen, a Nazi scientist enlisted into NASA by the United States government to work on the space agency’s moon landing initiative.
Indiana Jones 5 director James Mangold then hinted at a Sixties theme when he tweeted back in January: ‘I’m mentally living in 60’s NYC right now cause that’s where all the movies I’m working on take place’.
A sixties release would fit with the franchise timeline, as the last movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was set in 1957.
Elaborate scenes: The action sequences required cranes, heavy-duty lighting and a smoke machine
High-octane: Also present were motorbikes with sidecars
Pictures taken on the set have not yet hinted at a time frame, with Harrison not giving away the era with his clothing due to wearing his famous brown uniform.
Nazis clearly make an appearance in the move in some way, however, with an insider recently revealing that the crew are only filming these scenes at night, so as not to offend any passersby.
A source told The Sun: ‘They’re desperate not to cause offence, so filming has mainly taken place at night, under the cover of darkness.
High-speed: Stunt drivers were seen racing along the road in a World War II car with Nazi flags on it
Absent: Star of the film Harrison, 78, was not present
‘The Nazi swastikas on the various vehicles were taped over until the last minute and during the day they were hidden away.
‘All effort was taken to be as sensitive as possible.’
As well as Nazi scenes, stunt men were seen filming a high speed chase sequence on motorbikes through the Scottish Highlands’ village of Glencoe on Monday.
Plot: The scene appeared to be a flashback with the WWII vehicles
Storyline: The plot – which is being shrouded in mystery – appears to feature a wartime backstory
Meanwhile, Harrison has been undertaking a gruelling exercise regime while filming the latest instalment in the series, much of which has been shot so far at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.
The Hollywood star has been cycling 40 miles and going on walks after just six hours of sleep before shooting on an 11-hour filming schedule.
‘It’s clockwork, very regimented. It’s wake up, lunch, a very long bike ride, then he’s at the film set from 6pm,’ an inside source told The Mirror on Saturday.
Bored: An actor dressed as a soldier loitered on the road between takes
The Nazis are coming: Flags were tacked to the front of the vintage motorcar
They continued: ‘He then arrives back at the hotel around 5am. That exercise and work regime would be punishment for a man half his age. It’s real dedication.”
‘It’s incredible. He seems to live a very strict routine. You can set your watch by the things he does at the same time every day. Regimented.’
For his cycles, Harrison reportedly uses a £12,000 road racing bike and has stopped for lunch at the Ship’s Cat seafood restaurant in North Shields to refuel.
The star is chaperoned for his daily workout by security and is also accompanied by his personal assistant.
MailOnline has contacted Harrison’s representatives for comment.
Vroom! Other sequences have seen a stuntman wearing a mask resembling a young Indiana Jones, hinting at flashbacks to the 1980s, when the movie franchise was launched
Aerial view: The cars and bikes zoomed along the country lane
Crew: Members of production were seen reassessing the scene
This marks Harrison’s fifth time reprising the title role of the heroic archaeologist with supporting parts going to Mads Mikkelsen, 55, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 35.
And although Harrison is in impeccable shape, a younger stunt double has been spotted on the set.
The stuntman was spotted earlier this week in an action packed scene – shot in the early hours in Pickering – where he accidentally fell off of a motorcycle.
Vroom vroom: As well as Nazi scenes, stunt men were seen filming a high speed chase sequence on motorbikes through the Scottish Highlands’ village of Glencoe on Monday
Three’s company: The riders were seen burning rubber down the quiet streets of Glencoe
The on-set first aid team was called over to check out the stunt rider. While it appeared he was unharmed, filming was paused due to damage caused to the bike.
According to a witness, one of the crew was heard saying that the production is already a day behind schedule, following a lengthy hold up thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indiana Jones 5 was first announced in 2016 and originally scheduled to be released in July 2019.
It was then pushed back a year, before being delayed for another 12 months until July 2021 after Jonathan Kasdan – whose father Lawrence Kasdan wrote 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – was brought on board to work on the script after original screenwriter David Koepp departed the project.
Breathtaking: The movie has been filmed in Scotland and will also be shot in England
Getting the angles right: Cars balancing heavy camera kit were seen speeding ahead of the bikes to film the nail biting scenes
Causing a commotion: The intense chase scenes no doubt startled the residents of the sleepy town
James Mangold is directing the movie in place of Steven Spielberg, and plot details are still being kept under wraps.
Legendary composer John Williams is also set to return, continuing a musical legacy that began 40 years ago with Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Meanwhile, Harrison previously said he wouldn’t make another Indiana Jones movie unless he was sure the production team could ‘kill it.’
Supporting roles: Both Mads Mikkelsen, 55, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 35, L-R have also signed on to appear in Indiana Jones 5 alongside Harrison
Citing the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he said: ‘I don’t really want to give them what they wanna see, I want to give them something they didn’t anticipate seeing.
‘The Marvel movies are a spectacular example of a success that worked the other way round – they killed it. We’re not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we’re in a position to kill it. We want it to be the best.’
The most recent film in the series was 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which earned over $790.6 million at the global box office.
The current release date for Indiana Jones 5 is July 29, 2022.
40 years later: Harrison has played the iconic role of Indiana Jones for 40 years, having first starred in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981