- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Director Steven Spielberg burnished his “social justice warrior” credentials this week by teasing the possibility of a female Indiana Jones coming to theaters soon.

In an interview with the U.K. Sun to promote his adaptation of writer Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One,” the iconic Hollywood director responsible for movie classics such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jurassic Park” said Harrison Ford’s famous character is due for a gender swap.

“Spielberg nodded when asked if this new-look Jones could be female, and added: ‘We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that,’” the Sun reported. “This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that.”

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Mr. Ford, 77, and the director’s last foray into the famous archaeologist’s adventures came during 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” The film made over $785 million worldwide during its theatrical run, although fans panned it on the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes with a 53 percent “Rotten” score — the worst in the franchise’s history.

“Ready Player One” debuted over Easter weekend with a worldwide gross of $186 million.

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