Indiana Jones – Director Wants A Woman To Play The Part

Director of the “Indiana Jones” franchise Steven Spielberg says that it’s time to have a female Indiana Jones, much to the dismay of fans.

By nowproducerdave on April 5, 2018
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Director and Producer Steven Spielberg says that he wants to see a woman perform the role of Indiana Jones. He says that he knows this would make many fans of the franchise mad (and it has, of course), but that he thinks that the character of Indiana Jones is about ready to take “a different form.”

Steven Spielberg has been a part of the “Time’s Up” movement, really since before it was even a “thing” – he’s always supported equal pay and recognition for women in Hollywood (and beyond), and has really sort of made it just something he does for women in his movies. He’s gone on record to say that his current movie “Ready Player One,” men and women were paid equally. Spielberg says that he things Indiana Jones could use an update with a female character, and that’s predictably angered some people – on both sides of the gender.

Steven Spielberg says that this next Indiana Jones movie may very well be Harrison Ford’s last time playing the role, but that he wants the series to continue, and it would be a good time to make the change to a female Indiana Jones. Steven says “This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that.” But would the character’s name have to change? “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that,” Steven says. Where did Steven Spielberg get his drive from to so strongly support gender equality? He’s had it literally his whole life – from his mother. She raised him and his siblings basically by herself, since he dad is a “workaholic” who was “rarely around” when he was growing up. “My mom was strong. She had a voice, she had a very strong opinion… I have been very lucky to be influenced by women, several of whom I have just loved madly — my mom and my wife.” Steven Spielberg’s wife (Kate Capshaw), by the way, appeared in the second Indiana Jones (Temple of Doom) film in 1984. That’s where the two met, and are still married to this day. Check out some more about the possible change to a female lead here.

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