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Charlie’s Angels reboot: everything you need to know about the Elizabeth Banks movie

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UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 08: CHARLIE'S ANGELS - 'Consenting Adults' - Season One - 12/8/76 Kelly (Jaclyn Smith, left) and Sabrina (Kate Jackson, right) disguised themselves as veterinarians, and Jill (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) posed as a hooker in order to kidnaps a ruthless kingpin's prize racehorse. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

The action-packed film is due to hit cinemas in 2019 – and it looks like it will definitely be worth the wait.

While there remains a great deal of affection for the Charlie’s Angels story, which follows three female private detectives living it up in LA, earlier films and TV series have also been poorly received by critics, and criticised for their one-dimensional depiction of women.

It makes sense, then, that 2019 will bring with it a ‘feminist’ reboot of the 2000 film (starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu) based on a TV series that also spawned another TV series. 

Here is everything we know about the hugely-anticipated movie so far…

Elizabeth Banks is directing the reboot…

… and we couldn’t be happier about it, to be honest. Why? Well, it seems more than safe to say that Banks, who as an actor has stolen the show in everything from The Hunger Games to Modern Family, will make a safe pair of hands behind the camera. She set a world record in 2015 when her directorial debut, Pitch Perfect 2, took £53 million ($69m) at the box office on its opening weekend – the highest ever figure for a first-time director. She was also a producer on the original Pitch Perfect film, and the 2017 ‘threequel’. 

Charlie’s Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the Seventies,” Banks said in a statement. “This film honours the legacy of Charles Townsend and his agency while introducing a new era of modern and global Angels. I couldn’t to bring this chapter to fans around the world.”

Banks will also star in the new Charlie’s Angels movie as Bosley, who is the communication between the Angels and Charlie.

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Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott will take the lead

As in, yes, Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame, Ella Balinska from Midsomer Murders, and Power Ranger-turned-Princess-Jasmine star Naomi Scott. Phew!

Banks recently gave Instagram a sneak peek at her Angels on set and, in the photo, the leading ladies can be seen covered in dirt and grime and talking to Banks (who also happens to star in the movie as Bosley).

“So much love and gratitude to these Angels,” the Pitch Perfect star captioned the candid photo. 

She added: “Why did I wear such a big hat?”

Who else is joining the cast?

Other stars who will be appearing in the new Charlie’s Angels movie include Livia Matthes, Sir Patrick Stewart, Chris Pang, Djimon Hounsou, Nat Faxon, Luis Gerardo Méndez and Sam Claflin. Netflix breakout star Noah Centineo (as in, yes, he of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before fame) will also star, although his role in the movie has yet to be confirmed.

Will the characters be the same as those seen in the original Charlie’s Angels?

While the first series of movies, back in 2000 and 2003, tried to focus on creating Angels that had the same names and/or traits as in the original television series, it is thought that Banks will take a different approach.

This time around, Charles Townsend is now said to have a security and intelligence organisation with teams stationed around the world, comprised of a new generation of Angels. And, while we will naturally follow one group of women from this organisation, it’s believed they will all have different names and personalities from previous Angels.

Who wrote the script?

Banks and Jay Basu (whose most recent work includes The Girl In The Spider’s Web and Monsters: Dark Continent) wrote the screenplay for the Charlie’s Angels reboot. The early drafts were completed by Identity Thief’s Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas, who helped pen award-winning television series The Eleventh Hour.

Who will produce the film?

As well as directing and acting, Banks is producing the Charlie’s Angels reboot with her husband Max Handelman via their Brownstone Productions company.

Doug Belgrad, of 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon, are also reported to be helping to finance the movie going forward.

When will Charlie’s Angels hit cinemas?

Sad news, as we have to wait until 1 November 2019, but we’re sure those months will just whizz by!

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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