After nearly a year of searching, Sony has found their Angels. The original TV series aired on ABC from 1976-1981.
Naomi Scott, who stars as Jasmine in Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin remake, and British newcomer Ella Balinska are set to join Kristen Stewart in the studio’s new Charlie’s Angels reboot.
Elizabeth Banks, who is directing the project, will also be playing Bosley, the face of the enigmatic and never-seen owner of the detective agency, Charlie Townsend.
The new story takes the detective agency premise of the original 1976-1981 TV series and 2000 and 2003 movies global, with the Townsend Agency now a worldwide security and intelligence service that has teams around the world. The movie will focus on one of those teams and the next generation of Angels.
In a statement, Banks said, “Charlie’s Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the ’70s. This film honors the legacy of Charles Townsend and his agency while introducing a new era of modern and global Angels. I couldn’t be more excited to work with Kristen, Naomi and Ella to bring this chapter to fans around the world.”
The new project has Banks’ imprint on all levels. In addition to being in front and behind the camera, Banks wrote the latest draft of the script with Jay Basu (The Girl in the Spider’s Web), working off of earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas.
Banks is also producing the project with husband Max Handelman via their Brownstone Productions banner, as well as Doug Belgrad, who is co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.
British-born Scott appeared on TV’s Terra Nova and starred in 2017’s live-action Power Rangers movie before nabbing the high-profile role of Jasmine in Aladdin. That film, directed by Guy Ritchie, is slated to open May 24, 2019. Scott is repped by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
Charlie’s Angels will be a big break for Balinska, who has only appeared in two television projects, including an episode of the U.K.’s long-running series Midsomer Murders, as well as the indie film A Modern Tale. She is repped by UTA and Identity Agency Group.
Lupita Nyong’o was previously in talks for the film, but it appears that a deal never came to fruition.
Banks, who will be seen in The Happytime Murders and heard in Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, last directed the hit Pitch Perfect 2.
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Charlie’s Angels is slated for release on September 27, 2019.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter