Megan Fox wants to be Indiana Jones if the series ever gets rebooted. For now, that could be years off, as Harrison Ford is planning to reprise the role at least one more time. If it flops, or gets cancelled for any reason, fans now have someone waiting for the chance.
This news follows shortly after the announcement that Alden Ehrenreich is going to be the new young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off. There have been mixed reactions to this recasting, from people who refuse to believe anyone but Harrison Ford could play the role, to those who’ve seen Alden in Hail, Caesar! and think he has potential.
The way Alden was chosen was through a throw-away role in a home video he’d filmed for a friend. Steven Spielberg just happened to be at the gathering and offered him the role of Han Solo. It was similar to the way the original cast of Star Wars was chosen. Mark, Carrie, and Harrison had auditioned as a group, a bunch of nobodies at the time, and George Lucas liked what he saw.
Actress Megan Fox as Indiana Jones might not be so well-received, though, as moviegoers have rarely seen her in anything they considered worthwhile. Her breakout role was in Transformers, and after Michael Bay ruined the second film and she had a spat with him, she was the first casualty in the third film. A few forgettable films later, including Jennifer’s Body, and Fox came back as April O’Neil for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The latter film wasn’t directed by Michael Bay, but he did produce it.
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The actress originally wanted to be cast as the new Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, but the role was already taken by the time she was done with the Turtles sequel, Out of the Shadows. Considering that Tomb Raider was based on a video game which starred a female version of Indy, Megan Fox is hoping Indiana Jones gets rebooted so she can take the part.
This wouldn’t be the first time a major franchise has gotten rebooted with a gender swapped role, either. Paul Feig is currently set on releasing a Ghostbusters remake with an all female cast including Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig. The recasting has been slammed across the Internet, especially on YouTube, where the trailer has been endowed with the (dis)honor of “most hated video.” Feig broke his silence and insulted “geek culture” as a whole, which may have cost his film even more of its audience that way.
Megan Fox’s Indiana Jones decision came from an interview she had with GameSpot.
“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?”
For fans of the Indiana Jones series, one thing they probably won’t love is actually seeing Megan Fox as Indiana Jones. The popular opinion remains that if the original film is good enough, it doesn’t need to be rebooted or remade. She’ll probably need to at least hope that Paul Feig surprises everyone with a new Ghostbusters that ends up just as loved as the original.
Based once again on popular opinion, and a universally hated trailer, this is doubtful. It’s also doubtful that fans are going to want to see Indiana Jones become a woman, especially Megan Fox.
Would you want to see the classic film series rebooted with the Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star in the lead role?