The 1970s Charlie’s Angels TV series, the 2000 Charlie’s Angels film adaptation, and the 2003 Charlie’s Angels sequel were all hugely popular. So it only makes sense that Hollywood is attempting to reboot the franchise yet again, with a feature film to be directed by actor Elizabeth Banks.
And two out of three Angels may have already been cast. According to Variety, both Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o are in talks to join the reboot. Stewart and Nyong’o would be following in the footsteps of Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Farrah Fawcett, and both actors certainly have the presence, attitude, and acting chops to make their predecessors proud.
But joining Charlie’s Angels would be an interesting move for Stewart. She hasn’t starred in a big blockbuster film since 2012’s Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and has since become something of an indie darling, having recently starred in films like Personal Shopper and Café Society. It could also be a project that’s out of Nyong’o’s comfort zone. If the reboot is anything like the 2000 and 2003 films, which were both considerably campier and more lighthearted than the original television show, this could very well be her first major comedic role.
The fact that Banks, who directed 2015’s joke-filled Pitch Perfect 2, is helming the film also makes us think that the reboot will be tonally similar to the Barrymore-Liu-Diaz Angels. And based on Beca, Fat Amy, Chloe, and Aubrey’s tight bond in all the Pitch Perfect films (which Banks helped produce), the new film will likely continue Charlie’s Angels tradition of showcasing strong female friendships and general badassery.
If the rumours are indeed true, it’s time to start a wish list for who we’d want to be selected as the third Angel. Maybe someone who’s more widely known for her comedic roles, like Emma Stone or Aubrey Plaza? Or maybe Lupita and Rihanna will share the screen before their highly anticipated heist film comes to fruition. Whatever happens, we’re here for it.