Next Indiana Jones might be a woman, says Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg open to Indiana Jones 5 being female-led, as long as she's named Joan.
Harrison Ford and Karen Allen on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark Photo credit: Lucasfilm

Steven Spielberg is open to making the next Indiana Jones a woman with one caveat - she'd have to be named Indiana Joan.

The revered filmmaker confirmed the potential for a female version of the classic Harrison Ford character while speaking to The Sun.

"We'd have to change the name from Jones to Joan, and there would be nothing wrong with that," Spielberg said.

The Schindler's List director has been a strong advocate of the #TimesUp campaign for gender equality in Hollywood, insisting that men and women are paid the same amounts on his own films.

"I have been very lucky to be influenced by women, several of whom I have just loved madly - my mum and my wife," Spielberg said.

"Everyone was equally paid [on Ready Player One]. And on The Post, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep got the same paycheck exactly, right down to the perks."

Filming on Indiana Jones 5 begins in April, 2019.

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