Empire Issue Preview: Indiana Jones 5, James Cameron, Cate Blanchett, Babylon

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by Sophie Butcher |
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It’s tough to think of a more highly-anticipated cinematic comeback for movie lovers than that of Harrison Ford to one of his most iconic roles – the whip-cracking, fedora-wearing, treasure-hunting hero that is Indiana Jones. A fifth film is just around the corner, and Empire has the world-exclusive first look at Henry Jones Jr.’s emotional farewell, including interviews, never-before-seen images and brand new plot details. All that, plus plenty more exclusives and first-looks as we head towards 2023, with a mega preview of all the movies to get excited about. Here’s a sneak peek inside this super-stacked issue…

Indiana Jones 5

Whip? Check. Hat? Check. Adventure? Most definitely, check. The greatest hero in cinema history is back, with Harrison Ford returning to the big screen as everyone’s favourite archaeologist in Indiana Jones 5Empire has the very first look, very first images, and very first interviews on the film, speaking to Ford himself, incoming director James Mangold, supporting cast Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and more about the iconic adventurer’s last ride.

2023 Preview

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

2018’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was a game changer in so many ways – in its pioneering animation style, in its big-screen representation of Miles Morales, and in its supremely clever narrative mastery of the ever-complicated multiverse. We get the first word on the two-part sequel, the first half of which is out in June 2023, from returning producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Prepare for the game to be changed all over again.

Creed III

The third instalment in the Creed franchise is bringing something new to the ring – with Michael B. Jordan stepping up to direct for the first time. Empire asks him about what it’s like to direct himself, working with Jonathan Majors, and how he’s pulling no punches, even from behind the camera.


A heads up – with Babylon, director Damien Chazelle is gearing up to throw more Hollywood hedonism at your eyeballs than you’ve ever seen before. There are elephants. There are alligators. There are many, many bodily fluids. We speak to Chazelle, plus stars Margot Robbie, Diego Calva and more, about the 1920s movie-making epic.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett has embodied queens, elves, Marvel villains and more, and with TÁR, she flexes her ever-impressive acting muscles as a fictional composer, who is as bound as she is boosted by her genius. In a major new interview and exclusive photoshoot, shot by Mary McCartney at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, we ask just how she continues to astonish and amaze.

James Cameron

Avatar: The Way Of Water is now a matter of weeks away, and, as with every James Cameron release, it’s set to be huge. We thought the director deserved a feature of the same magnitude, so we asked a whole host of Hollywood’s finest to pose questions for the mastermind behind some of the medium’s biggest ever movies. Read his answers to the A-listers’ most burning questions, on topics including his inspiration for Avatar, his writing process, his love for love stories, and more.

Empire Of Light

With his romantic drama – and love letter to cinema – Empire Of Light arriving in January, Empire speaks to director Sam Mendes all about his life at the movies, creating a tribute to the medium that made him, standout moments of his career so far, and just what makes going to the cinema quite so special.

Take 20

In this month’s news section, we get an exclusive look at Marvel’s new big baddie, Kang the Conqueror, from Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania; ask Steven Soderbergh about Magic Mike’s Last Dance; analyse anarchic new horror doll M3GAN; examine this year’s boom in indie horror; knock on M. Night Shyamalan’s door to talk Knock At The Cabin, and much, much more.

On Screen

Reviewed this month are Rian Johnson’s sleuthing sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, latest MCU outing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Luca Guadagnino’s cannibal romance Bones And All, #MeToo drama She SaidGuillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Addams family spin-off series Wednesday, and much much more.


In this month’s home entertainment section, we talk to legendary director Jane Campion about her Oscar-winning The Power Of The Dog as it gets a Criterion release; say goodbye to the Clerks franchise with Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson; dig into the main moments of Werewolf By Night; rank Samuel L. Jackson movies; and much, much more.

Empire’s major world-exclusive Indiana Jones 5 issue goes on sale from Thursday 24 November – pre-order a copy online here.

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