It’s time for a new dream gender bent casting. Fans have been wondering if we’re ever going to see a female version of James Bond for years now, but one of the greatest directors of all time is open to gender bending one of his creations. In an interview with The Sun Steven Spielberg revealed that he’s open to the idea of a female version of Indiana Jones.
“We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that. … This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that.”
We kind of have one of those already and it’s called Tomb Raider, but that’s besides the point. It’s about brand recognition. Spielberg says that he’s been greatly influenced by the women in his life, including his late mother and his wife.
“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.”
That influence actually comes forth in action because Spielberg makes sure that his male and female stars are paid equally, including Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke on Ready Player One.
“Everyone was equally paid. And on The Post, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep got the same pay cheque exactly, right down to the perks.”
The fact that it isn’t normal for that sort of thing to happen in movies says a lot. If there was anyone who has the clout to say “yeah, we can gender bend this character” it’s Steven Spielberg. If he’s aware of the kind of power he has and takes advantage of it, maybe it’ll actually happen.
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Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance, and Ben Mendelsohn. It’s out now.