The reboot 'Charlie's Angels' is coming out this year. Official pictures from the movie and the shoots were recently revealed online.
The classic women empowering movie Charlie's Angels is making a comeback this year. The reboot has all the fans in a weird space. They're excited but are apprehensive about how it is going to turn out at the same time. The original series ran on ABC from 1976 to 1981 and it was a huge hit back then. In fact, people even today watch the original series because it was simply that good. Produced by TV legend Aaron Spelling, the series starred Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, and Farrah Fawcett as three female detectives working at a private detective agency with an enigmatic boss named Charlie who no one had or would ever see. The critics had a lot to say about the series and often spoke about how it was a weekly excuse for eye candy but the audience loved the show. In fact, the first two seasons of the series were one of the top-rated shows in the United States at the time.
There have been several shows and movies that the series has inspired. The most famous of all is the 2000 remake of the series that actually made it to the big screen. Directed by McG and starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, the movie was a modern-day adaptation of the series but it emphasized on brainless fun and comedy. Critics were surprisingly warm on the film, and it went on to gross over $264 million worldwide. A sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, followed in 2003 to similar box office numbers but had worse reviews.
Now, we are getting a reboot film starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinksa. The previous remake relied on big, established stars but the new reboot is making a platform for some relatively unknown actresses. Kristen Stewart is well known but Naomi Scott is yet to make an impression in the industry. She is starring as Jasmine in the upcoming Disney film Aladdin. British actress Ella Balinska's biggest role till date is one episode in British crime series Midsomer Murders. So, is this going to be their big break? Only time will tell.
Although having two unknown actresses play roles might be seen as risky, it's a great move and giving opportunities is something everyone appreciates. Other actors part of the movies cast are Jonathan Tucker (Hannibal), Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I've Loved Before), Nat Faxon (Disenchantment), and Sam Claflin(The Hunger Games). The movie is directed by Elizabeth Banks who has been around in the industry for over 20 years and has some seriously good movies in her resume. She was the perfect choice to direct a movie that empowers women.
As reported by EW, Banks suggested that the movie is not exactly a reboot or a remake, but more of a "continuation" that includes the events of the original 1970s TV series and the McG-directed 2000s films. It's been around 40 years since the series started so obviously, Charles Townsend (Charlie) must have given his operations a makeover and expanded his business. Banks who co-wrote the script said, "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."
The ladies who feature in this are Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart), the highly skilled wild card who parties hard; Jane Kano (Ella Balinska), an ex-MI6 agent; and Elena Houghlin (Aladdin’s Naomi Scott), the MIT-trained scientist who according to Banks is "the heart of the movie.” The missions in the movie are said to take the trio around the world. They have missions in Istanbul, Berlin, and Hamburg. The main focus for Banks is on the teamwork. "It was important to me to make a movie about women working together and supporting each other, and not make a movie about their romantic entanglements or their mother they don’t call enough,” she says. “When I’m at work, I don’t talk about those things. I get on with my job. It felt important to do that for the Angels, to treat them with the respect their skill set demands.” Judging by this first look? Mission accomplished.
Another thing to be noted is that 'Bosley' is now a designation in the organization. Throughout the series and the movies, several actors have played the role of Bosley, the token guy who frequently assists the Angels in their missions. Banks says, "Bosley is now a rank in the organization, like lieutenants. All of the Angels have been played by different women and have had different names, but the Bosley character was always named Bosley no matter who played him. We thought, 'Well, that must mean it’s more than a name..'"
One thing for sure is that we are going to see some impressive outfits every time the Angels go undercover. Noah Centineo apparently has a role to play in the movie as well but nothing about his character or his part has been revealed. The movie is said to come out on November 1 this year. However, no trailers have been dropped as of yet. The release date has been finally decided after multiple delays. The initial release date was June 9. The filming of the movie was completed on December 9, 2018.
Fans weren't particularly excited at the prospect of this reboot. Here are some reactions. Instagram user alyssabenedetto said, "Drew Barrymore and Carmen Diaz did it better." Another user called ourroaringchaos added, "They don't look like Charlie's Angels at all.... Terrible casting." Darolynkzl simply stated, "Is gonna be sh*t". Fixiisxl chimed in with, "This looks cringey." Smallscreengirl wrote, "Nobody needed this".