John Williams has had a fulfilling composing career spanning Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and the first two Jurassic Park movies, so it isn’t all that surprising that he’s starting off his last crusade on a strong note. At Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, the 90-year-old maestro debuted a new piece of music called “Helena’s Theme,” part of the original soundtrack for the upcoming Indiana Jones 5.
The reveal comes one year ahead of the movie’s 2023 release, after director James Mangold (Logan) gave permission to debut the track early. Its title is a reference to actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character in the film, whom Williams described to be “an adventuress, and also a femme fatale… she’s many, many things…She has a kind of lyrical music, like an old movie star.” An unofficial video of the concert, which Mangold shared on Twitter, can be viewed above.
Fleabag‘s Waller-Bridge will be joined by co-stars Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Shaunette Renée Wilson (Black Panther), Toby Jones, Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro), and Dutch bodybuilder-slash-actor Olivier Richters (Black Widow). Veterans Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are returning to the project as producers.
Indiana Jones 5 is slated to release on 30 June 2023, barring any delays. It may also be Williams’ last outing, who shared his thoughts on retirement in an interview with Associated Press, “At the moment I’m working on Indiana Jones 5, which Harrison Ford — who’s quite a bit younger than I am — I think has announced will be his last film. So, I thought: If Harrison can do it, then perhaps I can, also.”