Steven Spielberg says the time has come for Indiana Jones to become Indiana Joan

'Ready Player One' film premiere

OMG, we were so focused on whether James Bond should be black or female (or both) that we forgot to debate about whether Indiana Jones should be recast as a woman!! YAS. Let’s have this debate. Steven Spielberg directed all of the Indiana Jones movies and he’s more than open to the debate as well. In fact, he thinks the debate is over – he thinks Indiana Jones should already be recast as Indiana Joan.

Spielberg on Indiana Joan & feminism: “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that. 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.”

He’ll do one final film with Harrison Ford in the role: “This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that.”

On equal pay: He insisted that the co-leads of Ready Player One, British actress Olivia Cooke, 24, and Tye Sheridan, 21, were paid the same, “Everyone was equally paid. And on The Post, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep got the same pay cheque exactly, right down to the perks.”

[From The Sun]

So one more movie with Harrison Ford – and hopefully no Shia LaBeouf – and then we can have Indiana Joan? Perhaps love ‘em and leave ‘em Indiana Jones sired another child somewhere along the line, in the form of a lady named Joan? And that lady ended up a lot like her father. Dreamcasting time… who looks good in leather? Who can handle a whip? Who is great with action-adventure films? Who can carry a film like this? Who is age-appropriate for the genre? There’s only one name I can come up with: Angelina Jolie. (Okay, Charlize Theron would be good as well!) Let’s do this.

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  1. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    I’ve only watch half of the Indiana Jones movie with Cate Capshaw so I’m not verse in Indiana Jones’ background. Forgive my question: But isn’t Jones the character’s surname? Depending on the script or re-imagining, there is no reason why the character’s name couldn’t remain Indiana Jones.

    • Honest B says:

      Exactly no need to change the name

      • Becks says:

        That’s exactly what I was thinking.

        I like the idea, but please no Indiana Joan Spielberg. That’s stupid lol.

      • Esmerelda says:

        Yup! And Indiana was the dog’s name anyway, she would be Henrietta Jones, no?
        And I would love someone younger than Jolie, honestly (but not too young to have a phd and academic experience – I vote Naomie Harris for my dream casting) – Jolie would be a brilliant villain, though.

  2. bread says:

    That’s…that’s not how last names work.

  3. jess1632 says:

    why do we need an indiana joan? He can’t just create another stand alone female driven adventure flick? is he trying to capitalize off the indiana jones name or off feminism? just start creating new stories instead of piggybacking off of all these old movies and remaking them w a lame twist….im just in a mood today

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I’ll join you in your mood. I was typing out a response but just didn’t bother to post so thanks for that. I don’t need reboots like this. I don’t want Indiana Joan, so stupid. A son or daughter as their own individual person driving their own narrative would be fine. Same with 007 except you don’t even need a familial connection, just a different 00 altogether. Actually, even a different 00 male would be preferable to another 007 iteration. Give us something fresh for goodness sake. Renaming or regendering a character just isn’t enough for me.

    • JosieH says:

      The old man is just trying to signal his wokeness. It’s pandering.

      • Jess says:

        Agreed re trying to signal wokeness – especially as it comes right after criticism of the complete lack of wokeness in Ready Player One. He’s trying to divert attention from the problematic approach he took to the already problematic book material in the movie.

    • FLORC says:

      We don’t. By right time he means he will take an already successful storyline and insert a female because WW profits and the feminism/equality movements are easy cash.

      It’s lazy and transparent.

    • BrandyAlexander says:

      Probably because established franchises are the only movies that make money these days.

    • BorderMollie says:

      Especially considering how heavily these movies traffic in stereotypes, especially of Arab, Asian, and Indigenous people. Something new please!

      Off topic, but something about Spielberg creeps me out completely.

    • Kit says:

      Because as Indiana Jones and James Bond limp off to the abyss of irrelevancy and obscurity, recasting them as female will not only be seen as throwing a scrap to that dreadfully fickle and bewildering lady audience, it also creates a wonderful scapegoat for why the franchises fail.
      Lots of female led action movies suck because they still target straight white male audiences, because they are created by straight white men solely interested in raking in the cash. Will Indiana Joan or Jane Bond be middle aged, paunchy, grey around the temples? Will she remain in the role for 40 years? Or will she have inflatable pointy boobs and a tidy manicure?

      • Pickles and Cheese says:

        Exactly. Harrison Ford is too old to keep playing the lead so how “convenient” Spielberg has decided to capitalize on the whole woke thing.

  4. Rose says:

    God no… so cheesy to change the last name . It’s like “ look everyone isn’t it cool she’s a woman “
    and anyway isn’t a tomb raider pretty much this ?

  5. Astro chick says:

    As a woman I don’t support this. Instead of butchering the beloved character – why not create something new? Same goes for diversity. Why people assume that someone’s whiteness is not crucial to the plot? (before you yell at me, I’m angry at whitewashing as well, it’s the other side of the coin).

  6. QueenB says:

    Lets give women the stale and bland mens stories after they are squeezed completly dry!

  7. Ennie says:

    Ummmm didn’t someone make that move already with Angelina Jolie in the lead?

    • echoing says:

      And didn’t a reboot just come out that isn’t exactly setting the theaters on fire?

  8. Lucy says:

    No need to change the name IMO. The OG could work perfectly well for a lady.

  9. lightpurple says:

    Is he bringing back Karen Allen as the great Marion?

  10. Mira says:

    WHY can’t he just create something new that’s centered on strong, bad-ass women? It surely cannot be THAT hard. Ugh.

    • lightpurple says:

      Like why doesn’t he do more background on Karen Allen’s character Marion? She was living by herself running a bar in the Himalayas and drinking everyone under the table. She followed her father around on his expeditions. She could hold her own. And what happened to her all those years between Raiders of the Lost Ark and that Crystal Skull thing?

  11. JosieH says:

    Indiana Jones won’t work for anybody other than Harrison Ford. He is why that character worked. Whoever (man or woman) takes over that role is screwed.

    • echoing says:

      Actually Indy was suppose to be Tom Selleck but he couldn’t get time off from Magnum PI to do the role. Had he done the role Indy would have been different… A little more playful without Ford’s harder edge.

  12. Tiffany says:

    Ummmm….I want a Salt 2 with AJ, not Indiana Joan. For real.

  13. Eliza says:

    I wouldn’t use Jolie. Someone in their late 30s or 40s. Age appropriate for phd and having established a career as a professor and name on the field

    Youngest i would say would be Anne Hathaway, for a big name, by the time Harrisons movie is filmed she would be in that age range. She can do cheesy comedy bits and action scenes.

    Zoe Saldana has made a niche in action roles, and can carry a movie.

    Ruth Negga has a great energy on screen, and is great at sarcastic / witty one liners. She can do comedy and action too.

  14. Dhavynia says:

    Jolie with a whip….awesome!

  15. isadora says:

    I agree with some posters who’ve said to develop an original female character instead of doing a gender change.

    But on the other hand…as a girl i loved reading a Dutch comic called January Jones ( yeah not to be confused with the actress). It was basically Indiana Jones but with the central character being an Amelia Earhart type adventure seeking treasure hunting female. I loved it to bits and hoped for a movie or tv series.–january-jones-graphic-novel.jpg

  16. Jay (the Canadian one) says:

    So, Laura Croft then? Or maybe Relic Hunter?

  17. me says:

    I just hope the female isn’t half naked as per usual. Also, why does the name need to change? Can’t a woman have the last name “Jones”? Can’t a woman have the first name “Indiana”?

  18. Anne de Vries says:

    I’d love to see a completely flipped Indiana Jones – she takes culturally significant stuff from museums and returns them to their rightful cultures.

  19. The Original G says:

    Produced by Jane and directed by Gloria would suit as well.

  20. Betsy says:

    Oh god, spare us any more Jolie.

  21. CLTEX84 says:

    Theres already a female Indiana Jones-Lara Croft

  22. jferber says:

    YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!! Who should play her? And DON’T tell me Jennifer Lawrence or Scarjo since I’m so over both of them. I’d absolutely LOVE to see Julianne Moore in the role, but I’m positive they’d say she’s too old for it. I’m for Idris Elba for any love interest, just sayin’.

  23. yoon says:

    Didn’t this happen in an episode of Hannah Montana? lol “Indiana Joanie”

  24. raincoaster says:

    Well, he was named after the dog. It’d be cool if he and Marion had a girl as well (and Marion wouldn’t have told him either, she’s like that) and she grew up to be an archaeologist. Joan Jones? Nah. Indiana Ravenwood? Maybe.

  25. MiaSophia says:

    Sorry, but Jolie would be wrong for this. She’s done Croft, she’s done Salt and she’s moved on to her humanitarian/politician phase. If this were 30 years ago and she were just beginning—then, sure. Indiana Jones is a star-making vehicle and audiences will come to see it. You can risk an unknown.
    I want to see a talented, exciting actress that’s been putting in her time and is ready for close-up. Spielberg will pack the cast with his usual old faithfuls. But let’s give someone new a chance.

  26. Masina says:

    No. No no no no. Indiana Jones does not need to be remade, first of all. Leave it alone. Indiana Jones is Harrison Ford and that’s that. Secondly, there is already a female version… Lara Croft. Who Jolie has already played. And third, Indiana Jones isn’t like Buffalo Bill or Texas Pete. Jones is a surname and wouldn’t change no matter what gender the character was.

  27. Wilder says:


    There, Stephen, did you a favour. You can take it from here.

  28. Wendy says:

    Nooope. I can take female Bond. I am good with female Thor. Been waiting for a female doctor forever. I am all for letting Shuri take over for Black Panther after Infinity War. But give us our own characters too. We do not need Harrison Ford’s sloppy seconds. This is just a way for Hollywood to rest on an established franchise and cheaply cash in on feminism. The second thing is fine – cash in all the way, you’re a business. Just don’t do it cheaply. Take some risks, even small ones, like a Furiosa or Valkyrie spin off film. BUT LET US HAVE OUR OWN CHARACTERS.

  29. Marjiscott says:

    Totally stupid idea!

  30. Em says:

    There is already an Indiana Joan……but her name is Lara Croft.

  31. serena says:

    Um, I’d choose Jolie over Theron, but even better someone else entirely (how about Gina Rodriguez?). But as much as I didn’t like Shia LeBeouf as Indiana’s son.. he is now, they can’t just cancell him :/.