Naomi Scott, who is starring as Jasmine in Disney’s upcoming 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 take a role in front of the camera: she will play 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 television series and turn-of-the century movies and takes it global, with the Townsend Agency now a worldwide security and intelligence service that has teams around the planet. The movie will focus on one of those teams and the next generation of Angels.
“Charlie’s Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the ’70s,” said Banks in a statement. “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. Also producing are Doug Belgrad, who is also co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.
Sony is setting a Sept. 27, 2019 release for the new movie.
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 movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, opens May 24, 2019. She is repped by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
Angels will be a big break for Balinska, who has only appeared in two television episodes, one of them being U.K. long-running series Midsomer Murders, and an indie titled A Modern Tale. She is repped by UTA and Identity Agency Group.
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. She is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.
Deadline : The rumors have finally been quashed. Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott are officially confirmed to star in Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels reboot, with newcomer British actress Ella Balinska completing the crime-fighting trio. Banks is pulling double duty on the Sony Pictures pic, serving as the film’s director and playing Bosley.
Jay Basu and Banks penned the script based on earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas. The pic will now be released September 27, 2019, moving from its original June 7 date.
The film will follow a new next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie. Since the original films (starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu) based on the 1970s TV series, The Townsend Agency has grown considerably and gone global, providing security and intelligence services to a variety of private clients with offices and highly trained teams worldwide. This film focuses on one of those teams.
anks and Max Handelman of Brownstone Productions are producing with Doug Belgrad, who is also co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.
Based on the original 1976-1981 series that starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith, Charlie’s Angels first hit the big screen in 2000, with Diaz, Barrymore, and Liu starring as elite private investigators working at a private detective agency for the mysterious, unseen Charlie Townsend. The film went on to make $264 million at the box office and spun the 2003 sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which pulled in $259M worldwide.
This film marks Stewart’s return to big-budget studio film, as the actress has mostly appeared in indie films since the end of The Twilight Saga. Her upcoming slate includes JT Leroy, Lizzie Borden biopic, Lizzie, and Against All Enemies.
Scott, an actress and musician, had her breakout moment starring in 2017’s Power Rangers, which also starred Banks, and will bolster that moment in her next starring gig, as Jasmine in Dinsey’s upcoming live-action film Aladdin.
Balinska’s credits include ITV’s Midsomer Murders, and The Athena, a 26-part series teem drama series for European pay-TV operator Sky.
Stewart is repped by Gersh; Scott by Echo Lake Entertainment, WME, Narrative PR, and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern; Balinska by Identity Agency Group and UTA.
Banks and Handelman are repped by Untitled Entertainment, UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.
The Playlist : It’s been a while since we heard anything about Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.” Back in September of last year, reports surfaced that Kristen Stewart and “Black Panther” star Lupita Nyong’o were being eyed as leads in the film, but there was never any official announcement. Well, apparently we had half of that right.
Variety is reporting that Stewart is indeed one of the titular Angels, alongside actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. Banks, of course, will play the character Bosley, who is the liaison between Charlie and his trio of badasses.
As mentioned, Banks is intimately involved in the production of the film, serving as co-writer, director, and star. “’Charlie’s Angels,’ for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the ’70s,” Banks said. “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.”
Stewart is probably best known to the masses as the star of the “Twilight” franchise, however, if you’re a reader of The Playlist, you probably know her from the variety of amazing roles she’s taken since then, winning awards for her recent performances in “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “Personal Shopper.” She has been a film festival darling recently but is now going back to the world of big-budget filmmaking.
She is joined by Naomi Scott, who is a star on the rise, seen most recently in the “Power Rangers” reboot film as the Pink Ranger, but will probably have a much bigger impact as Jasmine in the upcoming live-action “Aladdin” for Disney. Balinska, on the other hand, hasn’t really had her chance at big-budget films. She’s probably best known in her native England in series like “Casualty” and “Midsomer Murders.” “Charlie’s Angels” will no doubt be her biggest work to date.
“Charlie’s Angels” is scheduled to be released September 27, 2019.