How Elizabeth Banks Created Her Action Style For Charlie's Angels
The world got its first look at the new Charlie’s Angels when Sony dropped a full trailer earlier this week. CinemaBlend got the jump start on everyone else, however, as we were lucky enough to travel to Berlin and watch director Elizabeth Banks as she poured her heart and soul into this updated version of the classic, female-driven spy saga.
The casting of the new Charlie’s Angels is on point. Banks tapped Ella Balinska and Kristen Stewart to be the initial team, a tough-as-nails tandem who are ordered by their Bosley (Banks, pulling double duty) to work with Naomi Scott (of Aladdin fame) on a brand new mission.
But on our trip to Berlin, we were most curious about Elizabeth Banks’ approach to action. While not a first-time director, Banks’ time behind the camera has so far been spent on comedies – she helmed a segment for Movie 43, and directed Pitch Perfect 2 before diving into Charlie’s Angels. So when we asked her about her philosophies on action thrillers, Banks told us:
Needless to say, those are outstanding references for a modern action film, and you can actually see a few of those inspirations at play in the first trailer for the new Charlie’s Angels. In fact, the moment that Elizabeth Banks name-dropped Atomic Blonde, now I can only think of Charlize Theron appearing in a sequel as a badass ex-Angel who has to make life very difficult for Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska and Kristen Stewart.
As for Stewart, she has worked for numerous different filmmakers over the course of her career, and appreciated what she found in the collaboration with Banks on Charlie’s Angels. While she didn’t speak about the action scenes that they were concocting, Stewart opened up to us on the Charlie’s Angels set about Banks’ visual style and approach, explaining:
You can actually interpret the layers in this trailer, which make Charlie’s Angels look like far more than an empty shoot-em-up meant to capitalize on nostalgia for an old TV show. Check out the first trailer, if you haven’t yet seen it.
We will have more from the set of Charlie’s Angels as our coverage of the anticipated sequel continues. In the meantime, circle November 15 on your calendar, because that’s when the movie drops into a theater near you.
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