Charlie’s Angels are returning to the big screen next year for a third outing, this time with a female director and a multi-racial trio of women led by Kristen Stewart.
Twilight star Kristen Stewart, along with rising British actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, will play the lead roles in the latest movie reboot of the 1970s crime caper, to be directed by Elizabeth Banks, Sony Pictures said on Thursday.
“Charlie’s Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the ‘70s. This film honors the legacy of Charles Townsend and his agency while introducing a new era of modern and global Angels,” Banks said in a statement.
Banks, who also directed Pitch Perfect 2, is also a co-producer and co-writer and she will play the role of Bosley, which was traditionally played by a man on both the original television series and in the two movie versions.
The new Charlie’s Angels marks a trend in Hollywood to entrust more women with directing big budget fare, and towards ethnic diversity. Scott is of Indian descent, while Balinska is mixed race.
The original Charlie’s Angels TV show ran from 1976 until 1981, and starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith as a trio of smart, stunning private eyes who worked for the never-seen Charles Townsend. Their handler Bosley was played by the late David Doyle.
The show inspired two movies with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu. The 2000 version featured Bill Murray as Bosley; Bernie Mac filled the role in the 2003 sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
The big screen reboot of Charlie’s Angels is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2019 release.