When Charlie’s Angels gets rebooted for the big screen next year — with stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska — the concept is definitely being given a bit of a shake-up. As originally conceived in the 1976-81 television series, the idea was that three women crime fighters (not of the costumed variety — unless you count bikinis as costumes) are given assignments by Charlie, a mysterious voice over an intercom. They work together under a fellow named Bosley and carry out their assignments.
That worked for the Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and Cheryl Ladd series; the two previous feature films that starred Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz, and the 2011 TV reboot that nobody remembers. Well, now we’re getting a different sort of set up.
Elizabeth Banks, who serves as director, has co-written the script, plays Bosley, and released the Instagram image above to herald the conclusion of filming, has revealed that in this version the Angels are a security and intelligence service, with teams that are set up all around the world to carry out different assignments. And each of those teams is led by a different person named Bosley (one of whom will be played by Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Patrick Stewart, another by Djimon Hounsou).
As to how she got involved, Elizabeth told The Hollywood Reporter, “It was mentioned to me in passing at a meeting at Sony like, ‘Hey, we’d love you to do something with Charlie’s Angels.’ I went home and, as a lot of creative people will say, I dreamed about it. It has to stay with you, you have to visualize it, you have to have some seeds of ideas. I felt like I had a take, so I went back in and pitched it, and they really liked it.”
As to her directing the film, she added, “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I directed plays in college. I’m very bossy and I got to a point as an actor where I’d been on 65 or 70 sets. I always find the video village [to watch dailies or scenes being shot]; I’m that annoying actor. I never stayed in my trailer. Doing TV and film, it’s always been a learning experience. I love now — with a movie like Charlie’s Angels — getting to do action and visual effects, and I loved on Pitch Perfect the huge challenge of making a movie musical. I mean, that’s no small feat. It’s a big job, and I like the constant challenge.”
Charlie’s Angels is expected to be released on Nov. 1, 2019.
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