Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook & Shaunette Renée Wilson Talk Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Picking up in 1969, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny follows Indiana Jones on one last adventure as his goddaughter Helena Shaw reappears in his life without warning. On the brink of retirement, she pulls him into a hunt for a dangerous artifact that he once chased years ago with her father. However, former Nazi scientist Jürgen Voller is also after this artifact, believing the legend about it having the ability to change the course of history. The stakes have never been higher for Indiana Jones or the world.


Returning to the Indiana Jones franchise are Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, and John Rhys-Davies as Sallah. The star-studded cast of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny also includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, Toby Jones, Ethann Isidore, and Shaunette Renée Wilson. James Mangold helms this movie, making it the first Indiana Jones movie not to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is written by Mangold, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and David Koepp.

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Screen Rant spoke with Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, and Shaunette Renée Wilson about their roles in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Boyd shared insight into his character, and Mikkelsen discussed his big stunt at the beginning of the movie, while Wilson explained what it means to her to be a part of this franchise and what Mangold brought to this new Indiana Jones adventure.

Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook & Shaunette Renée Wilson On Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Mads Mikkelsen Jürgen Voller

Screen Rant: I love this movie so much! It made me feel like I was a kid again. This is a great Indiana Jones adventure. I loved it top to bottom. Mads, first question for you. Can you talk to me about your character and how you wanted him to stand out amongst other Indiana Jones villains?

Mads Mikkelsen: We can only do that much. It’s in the story. It’s in the script. So we lean towards that, of course. This guy, he’s a scientist, he’s a mathematician, and that’s his entire life. Unfortunately, he’s also a member of a party. If it was only the science, that would be a nice day, but if you can combine the two of them, it’s a great thing.

Now Charlotte and Boyd, can you guys talk about your guys’ characters and their connection to Mads’ character?

Boyd Holbrook: Well, I think mine’s probably more obvious. I’m basically Mads’ lapdog, who will do anything. If there’s a moral compass, I am the opposite of that. I think a devotee to Mads’ character,

Shaunette Renee Wilson: I am a representative of the US government. Waller or Schmidt has worked with our government getting Americans to the moon. He’s a scientist, he’s a mathematician, and this seems to be a bit of an offshoot of what we were initially engaged with. I don’t really like to work with them. I don’t really appreciate the things I think they represent and I’m pretty much just following orders, but it kind of gets out of hand.

Yeah, yeah, definitely gets out of hand. Now, Shaunette for you, what does it mean for you to be a part of the Indiana Jones legacy and can you talk about the experience?

Shaunette Renee Wilson: It means a great deal. You really don’t see characters that look like me represented in the franchise and I think it was a great way to be seen in this part. To be able to engage with nearly all the superstars in this movie, I’m yelling and interrogating Harrison Ford essentially. Work with Boyd, work with Mads, and it’s a beautiful expression of good artistry and great acting. I think I was able to just be a succubus in those days on set

You guys all get to work with Harrison Ford on such an iconic property. What did you guys learn about Harrison while working on this film?

Boyd Holbrook: How passionate he is. There was no scene that he would move on from unless he knew that was it and we got what we needed. I was most impressed [with] the energy level this guy has to go on a sort of marathon like this. You need to be prepared for that.

Shaunette Renee Wilson: His inner child is firing at all times. It’s just so playful. Riding his bike to set from the trailers. It’s just that energy. You want to have that kind of longevity as a person and as an actor.

The stunts in this are phenomenal. There’s that tuk-tuk scene that brought me right back to childhood, and it looks like that would be a fun ride at Disneyland. Mads, what was the most difficult stunt that you guys had to do in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny?

Mads Mikkelsen: Stuntwise not too many for me. There’s one in the beginning where I’m on a train, I get smacked in the face by a sign and we did that again. A stunt is something you have to do again and again. Eventually, you land on the same elbow again and again, and eventually you just want to go home, but that was the one for me.

This is the first time that somebody else has directed an Indiana Jones movie and James Mangold knocks it out of the park. Can you guys talk about working with him as a collaborator and what his directing style added to the Indiana Jones franchise.

Shaunette Renee Wilson: He’s just so incredibly intentional about the relationships and interpersonal relationships of these characters. You look at a movie like this it’s such a large scale in scope. The sequence, the action sequences, and everything, but he’s able to fine tune it to beat by beat moments and to really investigate what’s on the page and investigate the dialogue. So I think that was just remarkable to be able to get a greater sense of the character even in the moment as we were shooting.

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Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

In Indiana Jones’ final adventure, the archeologist reluctantly teams up with his goddaughter Helena Shaw to find a dangerous artifact that could change the course of history. And with Jürgen Voller, a former Nazi scientist, hot on their tail, the stakes have never been higher.

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