By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
LOS ANGELES (CNET) – Director Steven Spielberg has no problem with adventurer Indiana Jones someday being played by a woman, and he even has a name picked out.READ MORE: Protests Continue Outside Sigma Nu House On USC's Fraternity Row As New Sexual Assault Allegations Emerge
“We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan,” he told Britain’s Sun newspaper this week. “And there would be nothing wrong with that.”
Filming for the fifth movie in the series will begin next April, and after that, legendary star Harrison Ford, 75, will lay down his whip and famous fedora. The character was introduced in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1991, and Spielberg has directed all four previous movies.READ MORE: Lawmaker Calls For Change On California Film Sets After Prop-Gun Shooting Death Of Halyna Hutchins By Alec Baldwin
“This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure,” Spielberg said. “But (the saga) will certainly continue after that.”
And Indiana Joan wouldn’t have to worry about being paid less than a man, which caused a much-publicized scandal on Netflix’s The Crown.
On Spielberg’s just-released film Ready Player One, “everyone was equally paid,” he said. “And on “The Post,” Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep got the same paycheck exactly, right down to the perks.”MORE NEWS: Inland Empire Commuters Dealing With Wet And Dangerous Road Conditions
The fifth Indiana Jones film is expected to premiere in 2020.