With its trailer out and marketing campaign underway, the Charlie's Angels reboot is now very much on the public's radar. The film stars Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Djimon Hounsou, and Patrick Stewart. Banks directed the film. Main cast aside, we know a fair amount about the reboot but we still have a feeling that we're in for more surprises. One of these surprises was hinted at by Elizabeth Banks herself in a recent interview.
During a press call, which CinemaBlend was on, Elizabeth Banks was asked about Charlie's Angels possibly showing a side of Kristen Stewart that people haven’t seen before. Here's what she about that:
[Laughs] Absolutely. First of all, she is a legit action heroine. There’s no doubt about it. She’s super badass in the movie. She did so many of her own stunts. Did all of her training. They all did. They all did weapons training. They all did stunt training, fight training, driving, we all took driving – not lessons but we all had to go through and were all put through our paces in all of those areas. And then she’s really, really funny. I think she lands as many jokes in this film as any comic actor working today. I think that will really surprise people.
Elizabeth Banks' comments on Kristen Stewart's comedic chops were echoed by the former Twilight star herself, who described the new movie as “funny and weird” and not just “woke.” Apparently, Stewart is going to surprise viewers more than they realize.
But it's Elizabeth Banks' comments on the action that caught my attention. Judging from the trailer, the action is solid and provides the relentless thrills and breakneck pacing which characterized the originals. When asked about where her approach to directing action originated, she said:
Yes, I looked at a lot. I loved Tony Scott movies. I looked at a lot of Tony Scott movies. We also looked at Mission: Impossible a little bit. I love the interplay of those characters, the banter that they had, especially in the latest set of movies. When I originally pitched to direct Charlie's Angels, it was right after Rebecca Ferguson had been in that Mission: Impossible movie and I was so inspired by her and excited for Wonder Woman which has since come out which I also looked at a little bit. We don't have super powers in our movie so I don't have golden lassos to play with. But we also looked at Atomic Blond and John Wick.
Elizabeth Banks did say it was more of a continuation than a reboot so we will see how all that works when the film hits theaters this November.