With all the reboots happening in Hollywood, it was bound and determined that Indiana Jones would be mentioned as a possible reboot with a female lead. Yes, Indiana Jones could become Indiana Joan in the future, according to the movie's director!
In a recent interview with The Sun, Spielberg said that casting a female to play the iconic role of Indiana Jones could become a reality. He said, "We'd have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that."
Spielberg has turned a new leaf recently and has been putting women front and center in his movies. Last year, he directed the Oscar-nominated movie The Post, which featured a strong female protagonist, Katharine Graham. She was the former publisher of The Washington Post, a role played by Meryl Streep.
Why this change? It looks like the women in his personal life have played a huge part in those decisions. Spielberg said, "I have been very lucky to be influenced by women, several of whom I have just loved madly — my mom and my wife."
The first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, hit theaters in 1981. Harrison Ford has been the star of the franchise, Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr., since that first movie. While Spielberg is getting ready for the fifth installment of the franchise, which is set to be released in 2020, he has stated that Ford is hanging it up after this sequel.
It may be Harrison's last movie as Indiana Jones, but the franchise will go one. Spielberg said, "This will be Harrison Ford's last Indiana Jones movie. I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that."
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