Hollywood is in an interesting transition period where it’s trying to create more strong roles for woman. Sometimes it works, as we saw with Daisy Ridley’s Rey taking the lead in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And sometimes it’s detested, with the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters being hated upon by the masses. In fact, the new Ghostbusters has the lowest rated trailer of all-time on Youtube. And that’s no small feat. The trend shows no sign of stopping though, with a Princess taking over the role of The Mummy in Universal’s upcoming reboot and a number of female centric superhero movies on the way from both Marvel and DC. Now, Megan Fox has an idea on how to reboot the Indiana Jones franchise after director Steven Spielberg and star Indiana Jones get done with Indiana Jones 5 in 2019. Yes, she wants to play the legendary archeologist.
Speaking with GameSpot.com, Megan Fox, who will next be seen reprising her role as April O’Neil in this summer’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, is much more interested in taking on the role of Henry Jones Jr. than his own female counterpart Lara Croft. We’re not sure if Fox was ever considered for the role of Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, but it was announced last week that Alicia Vikander has secured that role. About rebooting Indiana Jones as a female, she has this to say.
“I’ve always wanted to do Tomb Raider, but it’s been done–and very well. So I guess I’d go with Indiana Jones, since I always loved how fun and free-spirited Indiana is. He’s an adventurous rogue archaeologist who barely escapes death chasing down treasures among the earth’s most mysterious sites. What’s not to love?”
Along with her role as April O’Neil in Ninja Turtles, Megan Fox is probably more famous for her lead role in the first two Transformers movies. And there has long been the question of whether or not she will ever return for another sequel. Michael Bay infamously had Megan Fox replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Transformers 3 after the actress compared him to Hitler. The two later made-up, as evident by the actress taking the human lead in the TMNT movies produced by Bay.
Thus far, Indiana Jones has only been played by a male actor. Harrison Ford first introduced the character in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. He would go onto star in three more sequels, and will make Indiana Jones 5 in 2019. River Phoenix played a young Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade. And Sean Patrick Flanery played the character in the Young Indiana Jones TV series. But this isn’t the first time the idea of a female Indiana Jones has been floated.
Anna Kednrick played Indianna Jones in a sketch for NBC’s Red Nose Day special, which went onto become a viral sensation. Though, it was only a joke. It’s unclear how fans would actually respond to Indiana Jones being recast as a woman. As things are currently progressing, it could happen. Especially if a movie like Ghostbusters actually turns out to be a hit. Though, many suspect it could be the biggest bomb of the summer. As many detractors like to point out, Ghostbusters faults do not lie within the concept of female ghost hunters alone. They claim it simply looks like an atrocious movie with bad jokes. Even if Disney did want to gender swap the character, it won’t happen for quite a few years. In the mean time, you can take a look at this Indianna Jones and the Last Crusade skit to get an idea of how this might actually work.