Indiana Jones 5’s special effects crew offered a taste of just how explosive viewers can expect the next instalment of the blockbuster franchise to be on Friday.
Staging a dramatic fire at Northumberland’s historic Bamburgh Castle, flames were seen lighting up the sky in the early hours of the morning in photos taken during a night shoot.
A Second World War-era motorbike was visible in one of the images taken at the historic site, while a fire engine was parked on standby at the location.
Fire: Indiana Jones 5’s special effects crew staged a dramatic fire at Northumberland’s historic Bamburgh Castle on Friday
Back in action: Harrison Ford, 78, is reprising the role of the world’s most daring archaeologist (pictured on set in Scotland on Friday)
Harrison Ford is reprising the role of the world’s most daring archaeologist at the age of 78 but it was not clear if Dr Jones was the man on the motorbike.
However, the dramatic scenes have led to speculation that the fire and the bike were linked to yet another death-defying escape from the Nazis.
Bamburgh Castle has been closed to the public for several days and Second World War vehicles have been spotted being delivered to the site in the run up to filming.
Local residents were warned that filming would be taking place at night and there might be loud noises.
Explosive: Flames were seen lighting up the sky in the early hours of the morning in photos taken during a night shoot while a fire engine stood on standby
On Thursday evening into Friday morning, the crew staged a fire on the set which lit up the night sky.
Photographer Owen Humphreys said: ‘They started to test the set around 9pm and filming went on to about 1am.
‘They staged a fire and we could see a man on a motorbike going up to the castle – it could be a prison break scene, after all, this is Indiana Jones.
Night shoot: On Thursday evening into Friday morning, the crew staged a fire on the set with flames shooting upwards
‘It looked spectacular in the night sky with the backdrop of the famous castle.’
During down time from filming, Ford has been spotted cycling along the Northumberland coast and on Tyneside.
Earlier in the movie schedule, he tipped his famous hat at a young fan in Grosmont, North Yorkshire, and told him he was Indiana Jones’s stunt double.
A day earlier, Ford was photographed filming scenes alongside co-star Toby Jones in Leaderfoot, Melrose in the Scottish Borders.
‘Spectacular’: Photographer Owen Humphreys said: ‘It looked spectacular in the night sky with the backdrop of the famous castle’
Ford donned his character’s signature garb, looking great in his distressed brown jacket and trusty fedora hat.
He also rocked an open tan shirt and brown joggers, while Indiana’s famous whip hung from his hip.
James Mangold is directing the movie in place of Steven Spielberg, and Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Thomas Kretschmann are also on board to star.
Plot details are still being kept under wraps, and it’s unclear what roles the new additions will play in the fifth film.
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.’
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.’
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
Last month Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renee Wilson joined the cast of Indiana Jones 5.
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.
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