The world has changed quite a bit in the forty years since Charlie’s Angels first became a hit. Yet they still pop up, over and over and over…no matter which decade it is, you will always meet three kickboxing karate-kicking women who follow the commands of a radio speaker.
The biggest success post-Farrah Era has been Drew Barrymore’s blindingly campy take that appeared in the late 90s and early 2000s, which saw Barrymore starring in the movie herself alongside Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. Attempts to bring back Charlie’s Angels on TV haven’t fared as well.
Now Elizabeth Banks holds the rights to the Angels, and she’s following Barrymore’s path by directing and starring in a big-screen picture adaption — but not as an Angel. Banks is going to be this new movie’s Bosley. Our Angels this go-round are Kristen Stewart as deadly secret agent Sabina Wilson, Ella Balinska as former MI6 operative Jane Kano, and Naomi Scott as genius scientist Elena Houghlin. The movie treats both the 1970s series AND the two previous films as canon.
“It was important to me to make a movie about women working together and supporting each other, and not make a movie about their romantic entanglements or their mother they don’t call enough,” Banks told Entertainment Weekly in an interview. “When I’m at work, I don’t talk about those things. I get on with my job. It felt important to do that for the Angels, to treat them with the respect their skill set demands.”
Of course, passing the Bechdel Test has never really been a problem for the Angels, not even in the original series when female degradation was a trend as hot as bell bottoms. In a sea of male detectives and cops, they proved crimefighting is exclusive to no gender, and they have thus survived to this day.
Charlie’s Angels opens November 15, from Sony Pictures. Warner Bros. will probably counter with a live-action adaption of Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels.