updated 01/02/2008 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/02/2008 AT 1:45 PM ET
Everybody’s favorite explorer is back, some 19 years after his last adventure – this time in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
“There’s something about the character that I guess is a good fit for me,” leading man Harrison Ford, 65, tells Vanity Fair for its February issue, “because the minute I put the costume on, I recognize the tone that we need, and I feel confident and clear about the character.”
Also around as Indy again cracks the whip: Karen Allen (returning for the first time since 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, in her original role as Marion Ravenwood); Shia LaBeouf (in a role that’s been hinted to be the love child of Indy and Marion); and, shown here, Cate Blanchett, who plays a Russian dominatrix named Agent Spalko and whom the magazine likens to James Bond’s old bayonet-shoe wearing nemesis Rosa Klebb, in From Russia, With Love.
Watch your back, Indy.
Meanwhile, Crystal Skull, set in 1957, opens May 22.
– Stephen M. Silverman