Charlie’s Angels could be returning to the big screen with a markedly different reboot, following two big and brash movies as well as a failed return to TV.
McG was in the director’s chair for the last two film efforts, in 2000 and 2003, which saw Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu bring a sexy – and often scantily clad – set of Angels to the big screen.
A largely forgettable TV series followed, which attempted to recapture the show’s original 1970s vibe but fell largely flat.
For those who don’t know, Charlie’s Angels centered on the exploits of three women who work as detectives for a mysterious and unseen millionaire by the name of Charlie.
First broadcast between 1976 and 1981, the series was a huge success and made stars of its three female leads, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Majors.
Now Sony is pulling out all the stops with a decidedly more modern taken on the popular series. Actress and writer Elizabeth Banks is stepping up to direct in place of McG, in a move that suggests this new version will have a more female-friendly, comedic tone.
Variety is also reporting that Twilight star Kristen Stewart and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o are both being tapped up about taking on lead roles alongside another, as yet unspecified, leading lady.
Nyong’o and Stewart represent a noticeable contrast from the previous castings of Diaz, Barrymore, and Liu, while it seems unlikely that the gang will be hitting the beach or posing in super-foamy car washes this time around.
Instead, the interest in these actresses suggests this version of Charlie’s Angels could be a more realistic, gritty affair, with a solid dose of humour.
Female-led action movies are in serious demand at the moment, following the success of previous efforts like Atomic Blonde and with another Tomb Raider outing in the offing and a female-led Ocean’s 11 movie to boot.
A Charlie’s Angels movie with Nyong’o and Stewart would certainly fit in with that idea and could present an interesting shift for the property as a whole.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.