Steven Spielberg says the next Indiana Jones may be played by a woman 3 years ago

Steven Spielberg says the next Indiana Jones may be played by a woman

"There would be nothing wrong with that."

Steven Spielberg has admitted that the next Indiana Jones could be a woman.

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After playing him for the first four movies, Harrison Ford is set to star as the famed explorer for the fifth instalment of the franchise - currently scheduled to be out in 2020.

And while the director confirmed that he was "pretty sure" the fifth movie would be Ford's swan song from the franchise, he was certain the story would continue after that.

The 71-year-old told The Sun:

“This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that.

“We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that.”

Harrison Ford first appeared on the big screen as Indiana Jones in 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. 

He went on to play the role in three more movies, including the most recent one: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, released in 2008.

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Spielberg confirmed last month that the as-yet-fully-titled Indiana Jones 5 would begin shooting in April 2019 in the UK.

Ford will be stepping into the title role once again, with the film slated to be released in 2020.