Steven Spielberg Seems to Have Suggested Indiana Jones Could Be a Woman

It may be time to hand over that whip, Indy.
It may be time to hand over that whip, Indy.
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When Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters in 2020, Harrison Ford will be almost 80 years old. Obviously, it’s past time to pass the fedora, and Steven Spielberg has seemingly suggested that could happen across gender lines.


Speaking to The Sun, Spielberg said he believes it’s time for Indiana Jones to take “a different form.” He then, according to the UK newspaper, nodded when they asked him if that meant the character would become a woman and added the following, “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that.”

Of course there’s nothing wrong with that. The list of actresses who would absolutely slay an Indiana Jones role is almost too exciting to think about. Jennifer Lawrence? Tessa Thompson? Gina Rodriguez? Daisy Ridley? If Harrison Ford could be Han Solo and Indiana Jones, why not Ridley as Rey and Indy? Plus, even just look at the last few months of movies. Tomb Raider? Annihilation? Hell, Wonder Woman?! Of course Indiana Joan would work.

But is Spielberg being serious? And if so, does he mean it will happen in his movie, Indiana Jones 5, or just hypothetically in the future at some point? We already know that passing the torch to Indy’s son Mutt, played by Shia LaBeouf in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is out the window—and that Disney CEO Bob Iger has suggested the franchise would be rebooted post Indy 5. So maybe it’ll happen to a worthy apprentice, or perhaps a daughter? If anyone can make it so, it’s Spielberg.

We’ve reached out to Disney for a potential clarification and will update if and when we get one.

Who would you like to see play Indiana Joan? Let us know below.

[The Sun via Vulture]


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Indiana Jones is one of those action characters that could very well be a woman. The harder part is finding an adequate replacement for Ford in those movies. It’s a tall order - we really don’t appreciate until after someone fails to replicate them how good these actors were in their iconic roles. I fully expect the Solo movie to suck because of this problem. 

On that list you had:

Jennifer Lawrence? If we’re looking for normal white girl, let’s go with Anna Kendrick. She does smart ass very well and she could do the physical training to get the agility right for Indy.
Tessa Thompson? Yes, but I loved Thor Ragnarok more than any other MCU flick (BP was a better movie, but wasn’t nearly as fun to watch), so I’m biased here.
Gina Rodriguez? Can’t say, can’t remember her in anything.
Daisy Ridley? Maybe. I don’t know why, but I’m lukewarm on this here.

I’d add Hayley Atwell to the list. I think she would do the best job here. She exudes the confidence Indy has and is very good at delivering witty lines.