Seventies girl power flick Charlie’s Angels is set to be rebooted for a second time, with a trio of up-and-coming actresses taking up the mantle at Los Angeles’ only all-female private detective agency.
Hollywood favourites Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu were the most recent actresses to star in the franchise, born out of a popular 1970s TV series starring Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson.
According to Variety, Sony Pictures has approached 27-year-old actress Kristen Stewart, best known for her role in the Twilight movie franchise, to take one of the starring roles.
Also reportedly in the running is Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, 34, along with other unidentified big names.
Stewart has spent the past few years starring in smaller budget, original indie films, so a big-budget Hollywood action blockbuster would be a departure for her. Nyong’o, however, comes fresh off starring in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Actress Elizabeth Banks is on board to direct the reboot – good news for fans of the hit Pitch Perfect films, which Banks also produced and directed to major critical and box office success.
Other key roles yet to be cast include that of John Bosley, the agency’s male receptionist who acts as a liaison between the three women and the elusive Charlie. That role was played by David Doyle in the 1970s TV series and adopted by Bill Murray in the 2000 film.
However, Murray reportedly butted heads with the cast and crew and thus was replaced by comedian Bernie Mac for the sequel. Mac passed away in 2008 at the age of 50.
There’s also no word yet on who will voice Charlie. American actor John Forsythe was the omnipresent voice in the original and, impressively, reprised the role two decades later for the film remakes.
Sadly, he’s not an option to star in the new remake given he passed away in 2010.
Reactions to the casting news were mixed, with some on Twitter suggesting the 2000 cast – Liu, Barrymore and Diaz – were still completely capable of starring in a follow-up film.
Others rejoiced at the news Nyong’o, who is of Kenyan background, was in talks to appear, suggesting the producers opt for an all-black cast, including Kerry Washington and Janelle Monae.
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The original Charlie’s Angels ran for five seasons, from 1976 and 1981. While the 2000 movie remake and its subsequent 2003 sequel were huge box office successes, a 2011 TV series was cancelled due to poor ratings.
This reboot is scheduled to hit cinemas in mid-2019.