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Can Indiana Jones be played by a woman? Why not, Steven Spielberg says

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Apr 4, 2018

The adventure continues! There's no shortage of love for Indiana Jones and the globe-trotting hero's next big-screen outing, and Steven Spielberg himself seems open to switching up the formula for what that might be.

In a new interview with U.K.'s The Sun, the legendary director said the iconic role — memorably played by Harrison Ford in four films —  can readily be gender-swapped. When asked if Ford's successor could be played by a woman, Spielberg nodded and said: "We'd have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that." 

Should that happen, it would mark the most momentous and welcome change to the franchise since it debuted with 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Spielberg certainly seems willing to take the risk, saying it's time the adventurous archaeologist took "a different form."

Now, we should note that Ford is not quite yet done playing Indy — but according to Spielberg, the actor may soon hang up Indy's whip. Ford is set to hop aboard Indiana Jones 5, which will start shooting in April 2019 with Spielberg at the helm, but the director noted: "This will be Harrison Ford's last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that."

(The film has a target release date sometime in 2020.)

Once Ford, who is now 75, makes the call whether or not to return for Indy 6, Spielberg will no doubt make the call to whom Ford will pass the whip. 

So, what do you think? Has the time come? And if so, who should don the leather jacket, whip and fedora? Let us know in the comments below.

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