Saturday 17 November, 2018

Spielberg: Next Indiana Jones could be female

(Image: Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, from John Griffiths via WikiCommons)

(Image: Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, from John Griffiths via WikiCommons)

Harrison Ford has played swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones since the blockbuster adventure franchise began in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark. But now director Steven Spielberg has suggested it could be time the character takes on “a different form” – maybe even a female one.

Spielberg was asked by British newspaper The Sun whether he could see a woman in the role of the globe-trotting professor. According to the paper, he nodded and said: “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that.”

The US filmmaker has directed all four Indiana Jones movies so far and is preparing to direct a fifth as yet untitled instalment. It is scheduled to begin filming in April 2019 and will again star Ford, now 75.

Spielberg told The Sun: “This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it [the franchise] will certainly continue after that.”

The director’s latest film, sci-fi virtual quest movie Ready Player One, was released in cinemas in March.