LOS ANGELES: The man behind one of Hollywood’s most famous character, Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg says he knows putting a woman in the lead role of an Indiana Jones movie would upset fans, but believes it’s time the explorer “took a different form”.
When asked if this new-look Jones could be a female, Spielberg nodded remarking, “There would be nothing wrong with changing Jones to Joan.”
The 71-year-old has been a vocal champion of the Time’s-Up campaign for gender equality in the movie industry and is no stranger to powerful women.
His mother Leah, who died last year aged 97, raised him and his three sisters almost single-handedly because his workaholic engineer father Arnold, now 101, was rarely around. Furthermore, he is married to actress Kate Capshaw, 64, since 1991, after meeting in 1984 when she starred in the second Indiana Jones film.
He said: “My mom was strong with a voice and strong opinions. I have been very lucky to be influenced by women, several of whom I have just loved madly: my mom and my wife.”
Filming for the fifth movie in Indiana Jones the franchise is due to begin in April next year.
The role was made famous by actor Harrison Ford, 75.
But Spielberg said: “This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that.”
That is when the director will decide on whether or not to go ahead with “Joan”.