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Elizabeth Banks has been putting together a remake of the campy television drama Charlie's Angels for some time now -- overlooking the fact that McG did it fairly recently with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. Casting will elevate or sink any take on Charlie's Angels, and now we have word that two actresses are circling the project: Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong'o.
Variety breaks the news, stating that the two actresses are "in early talks" to headline the movie, which Elizabeth Banks would direct. Very few details are given about the plot of the new Charlie's Angels movie, though the trade does note that the feature has a June 7, 2019 release date, so we do expect the ball to have to start moving sooner rather than later.
Charlie's Angels first found life as a television show in the late 1970s, running on ABC for five seasons. The original Angels -- Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith -- became household names as the titular crime fighters, who worked for a mysterious "boss" whose voice audiences only heard over a speaker as he checked in with his agents.
The premise behind Charlie's Angels was updated in 2000 when McG souped up the formula and injected three perfect talents in Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. The ladies had undeniable chemistry, and they approached it all with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that helped the first movie sing (though the sequel couldn't hold a candle to its predecessor).
As for this new casting, I am 100% on board with it. But now I really want to know the tone of the piece. Casting Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore meant that you knew McG was going to a comedic interpretation of the classic TV series. Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong'o are dramatic actors who have dabbled in comedy (though with mixed results). If they try and make Charlie's Angels a flat-out comedy, like the 2000 one and its sequel, will these ladies be the right fit?
We'll keep you posted in the progress of Charlie's Angels as Elizabeth Banks and her crew move forward. In the meantime, head over here for a full rundown of Upcoming 2018 Movies, and their release dates.