In news that’s going to surprise nobody, director Steven Spielberg has hinted that Indiana Jones 5 is likely to be the last Indy movie for actor Harrison Ford. The director made the comment during an interview with The Sun, when discussing the future of the franchise.

To date, Ford has appeared in four Indiana Jones movies, with the most recent being Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). However, those believing that Ford’s departure means curtains for the franchise should think again – Spielberg is clearly open to the idea of a new direction for the series.

He said:

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

Yep, while this next entry is most likely designed to retire the character, first made famous in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, this isn’t quite the end for the series as a whole. It would seem that plans could be in place to continue the franchise, with a new lead – possibly even a female character.

When asked about the possibility of an actress taking the lead, Spielberg said:

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

Of course, the likelihood is that the series will get rebooted following Ford’s departure – although no decisions will have been made about this just yet.

Indiana Jones 5 begins shooting in London next April, for release in 2020.