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30th Sep 2017

There’s a new Charlie’s Angels movie coming, and the casting choices are … interesting

We would never have guessed these actresses in a million years.

Rory Cashin

Question: Tell me what you think about this.

That is us paraphrasing modern poet Beyonce, using a lyric from her Independent Women song which was used to soundtrack the 2000 reboot of Charlie’s Angels, but in light of the new casting news of the new-er reboot, it is an understandable question to ask.

But first, some background information.

Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith starred in the original TV series about three female detectives who solved crimes for their forever unseen boss Charlie, and the show was hugely popular during the initial run from 1976 to 1981.

Then the Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu reboot arrived in 2000, to surprisingly decent reviews (68% on Rotten Tomatoes) and decent box office returns ($264 million on a $90 million budget).

But then the Full Throttle sequel arrived in 2003, and despite the headline-grabbing presence of Demi Moore, it didn’t do well with critics (43% on Rotten Tomatoes) and actually made less at the box office despite costing more ($259 million on a $120 million budget).

It did, however, give us this great Pink song which was written by Beck and produced by William Orbit, so it was hard to stay mad about it for too long…

Clip via PinkVEVO

Now, just forward over a decade, and Elizabeth Banks is lined up to direct the new reboot.

Banks is best known for acting in the likes of The Hunger Games, The LEGO Movie and 30 Rock, but she has previously directed Pitch Perfect 2 to box office success, also.

This weekend it was announced (as per Deadline) that two of three Angels that Banks may have lined up are none other than Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Into The Wild) and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Both are absolutely fine actresses, but neither are particularly well-known for their comedic talent or action sequences.

Maybe Banks is finding hidden depths in them both? Or maybe the new reboot will be less OTT and more gritty than previous iterations?

We’ll know for sure once Charlie’s Angels returns to big screen on 7 June 2019, putting it on the same release day as Toy Story 4 and Transformers 6.

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