Indiana Jones may have had his Cannes world premiere, but Disney saved something special for the Hollywood splash of the alleged final chapter in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
Before light hit the projector, the pic’s 5x Oscar winning composer, John Williams, took the stage with a full orchestra to perform various movements from the movie including the main title theme and new heroine track, “Helena’s Theme:, which he wrote specifically for Phoebe Waller Bridge’s new character in the pic, Indy’s goddaughter. The surprise performance, introduced by franchise architect and Dial of Destiny EP Steven Spielberg, received a roaring standing ovation.
“We have a tradition with Indiana Jones which is that Indy has his music in all the various moves that he has, and his action scenes and comedy, and so many modes, the music is always there,” Williams told the Dolby Theatre crowd.
“The other part of the tradition is that we usually have a theme for the heroine or leading lady. In this film we have Phoebe Waller Bridge,” the composer continued.
“You’ll see the most brilliant duet between Harrison and Phoebe as they do their wonderful witty dialogue and action and comedy and jeopardy which they do so wonderfully,” said Williams.
“Phoebe will be represented musically by a lyrical piece, reminiscent of the ’40s and ’50s and old Hollywood,” said Williams, “This is ‘Helena’s Theme’. It’s all about Phoebe, not all parts of her, but a lot of it.”
John Williams conducts The Adventures of Mutt, Helena’s Theme and The Raiders March at the Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny U.S. Premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 14, 2023