Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first official look at the upcoming continuation of the Charlie’s Angels franchise. The movie was directed by Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect), who also co-wrote the project with The Girl in the Spider’s Web scribe Jay Basu. As for who is starring as the Angels, that’ll be done by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers, Aladdin), and Ella Balinska (A Modern Tale), with Banks herself also featured in the movie as these Angels’ Bosley.
Very little details on the story have been revealed at this time, but along with the debut images that EW dropped this morning, their report claimed that Stewart, Scott, and Balinska’s Angels are part of “a security and intelligence service that has teams around the world.” If the only Charlie’s Angels features you remember are the Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Lu movies, this incarnation will be very different from what you remember. Actually, this version is supposedly connected to the original show. At least, that’s what Banks teased when she talked to EW about it:
“If you were rich in 1976, you only got richer. Charles Townsend is richer than ever, so he’s grown the business into a global spy agency.”
Surprisingly, I like this idea. In those previous two movies from the early 2000s, the story always teased Angel teams from the past, with Demi Moore even showing up as one in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. And having never seen the original show, it’s something new for me to see multiple teams at the same time. Obviously, it would make sense for these three ladies to be the most elite of them, but I like the idea of seeing various sets of Angel teams and Bosley’s as the movie runs.
When it comes to who these three young ladies will be playing, while not much has been revealed yet, EW was able to snag small summaries for each of the characters. Kristen Stewart will play a character named Sabrina, “the hard-partying, highly skilled wild card” of the group. Naomi Scott will be playing a young woman named Elena Houghlin, who’s the genius of the three as she was a “MIT trained scientist,” with Banks even saying that her character serves as “the heart of the movie.” Lastly, but definitely not least is Balinska’s Jane Kano, who sounds like the most fit for this type of action as she is “the ex-MI6 muscle of the group.”
The casting choice for the three leads is definitely an interesting one. Kristen Stewart hasn’t always been in favor with movie-goers, but this could very well be a role that fits her very well. She could also strike up good relationships with Scott and Balinska off-set, which would result in great on-screen chemistry. I believe that Scott is a star in the making and am very excited to see what she can do with a role like Jasmine in the upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin for Disney. I don’t have viewing experience of Balinksa, but from the look of the images, she looks like an Angel who could very well kick my ass.
Playing with the theme of having multiple teams and agencies around the world, Banks’ Bosley isn’t the only Bosley we’ll see in the movie. Of the many placed around the globe, Patrick Wilson and Djimon Hounsou will be seen as other Bosley’s, which adds a pretty cool wrinkle opposite Banks’ version.
Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin and Jonathan Tucker will also be featured in the movie. What do you think of these first looks images? Do you like the cast that’s been assembled? How about the story and character details? Is Elizabeth Banks the right person to direct it? Charlie’s Angels wrapped production in December, just in time for its release date on November 15th.