Strike a finger-gun pose and kick up Destiny's Child's "Independent Women," because the new Charlie's Angels is happening soon. The Elizabeth Banks-helmed reboot recently revealed the badass cast of women detectives, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, with Banks also playing their boss, Bosley. With news of the upcoming action flick, ex-angel Lucy Liu was asked about her thoughts on the new adaptation of the iconic '70s television series. Here's what she said:
To me, I think it's very exciting. It's like Sherlock Holmes. The material in itself is a very different type of literature -- and it's not necessarily literature. But it is something that people keep coming back to and they're drawn to. That's something that needs to be explored and if it needs to be explored on all different levels, then it should be. It will only be a more positive result for women.
Lucy Liu's interview with Entertainment Tonight comes 15 years after being Angel Alex Munday alongside Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in 2000's Charlie's Angels and 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Following the nostalgia of the original television show, the early '00s reboot had the leading ladies drop-kicking brutes, distracting the men with their sexual appeal and delivering wacky lines in ridiculous get-ups. Portrayals of women in film have changed since then, so now seems like the perfect time to revisit these characters in a new and refreshing way.
With an uptick of female-centered storylines, there's a lot to be excited about with this Charlie's Angels reboot. With Elizabeth Banks leading the project, she has expressed her desire to make the movie "matter"and do right by the franchise. Banks previously directed and starred with a female-led cast in Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015. Twilight star and current indie darling Kristen Stewart has shown interest in the project for some time, and will kick butt next to Bank's Power Rangers co-star and future Jasmine in the live-action Aladdin, Naomi Scott, as well as newcomer Ella Balinska (who has some serious performance combat skills). It's yet to be known how Elizabeth Banks and her team will translate the material to the screen in this adaptation, but there's much room for growth following director McG's hyper-realistic take, and the project will likely give Charlie's Angels an upgrade.
Lucy Liu has continued playing a character concerned with detective work in the modern-day Sherlock Holmes television series, Elementary, which is soon entering its seventh season this fall. The 49-year-old actress also recently starred in the Netflix original movie, Set It Up, but she is still widely remembered for her stint as an Angel to this day. The next Charlie's Angels movie will be released on September 27, 2019.