The Charlie's Angels movie reboot will feature multiple characters referred to as Bosley, with Patrick Stewart and director Elizabeth Banks among the actors playing them. As the film's costar Kristen Stewart explained recently, this big screen revival of the Charlie's Angel property (which began its life as a TV series in the 1970s) will take the IP global by making the famous Townsend Agency a worldwide security and intelligence service that employs multiple teams of Angels. Hence, there will be more than a single Bosely to contend with, too.
Originally, "Bosely" was an actual person - specifically, John Bosely, a character played by David Doyle on the Charlie's Angels TV show that aired from 1976-81. Since then, however, the title has essentially become the codename for the Angels' handler and the individual who reports to the Townsend Agency's boss, aka. the enigmatic Charlie. Billy Murray played the role of "John Bosely" in director McG's 2000 Charlie's Angels film, before Bernie Mac took over as "Jimmy Bosley" in the 2003 sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
THR is confirming that Patrick Stewart will play one of the Boselys in the Charlie's Angels reboot, with Banks portraying the other. By the sound of things, Banks will serve as the Bosley to the reboot's main Angel team (as played by Kristen Stewart, Power Rangers' Naomi Scott and the relative newcomer Ella Balinska), with Patrick Stewart acting as Bosely for a different crew. As such, it's possible the latter's role will amount to little more than a glorified cameo, rather than a full-blown supporting turn.
However larger or small his Charlie's Angels role winds up being, Patrick Stewart isn't hurting for work at the moment. The actor is currently set to reprise his iconic Star Trek character Jean-Luc Picard in an upcoming (and, as-yet, untitled series at CBS All Access in the foreseeable future and will further play Merlin in next year's Arthurian re-imagining, The Man Who Would Be King. Stewart is keeping busy on the voice acting front too and will lend his vocals to the animated Dragon Rider TV show slated to arrive in 2019.
While the 2011 Charlie's Angels TV show reboot was cancelled a mere four episodes in (due to poor ratings), the hope is the movie relaunch will have much better luck. The film boasts a pretty rock-solid cast already and, by the sound of things, is attempting to really update the franchise in a way that may yet resonate strongly with modern audiences. Female action heroes are unfortunately still few and far between on the big screen, so here's to hoping these new Angels strike a chord with moviegoers - however many Bosleys they have in tow.
- Charlie's Angels (2019) release date: Sep 27, 2019