The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin joins the cast of Elizabeth Banks' Charlie's Angels movie reboot. Originally starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and John Forsythe as Charlie, the 1970s' Charlie's Angels TV series received mixed reviews in part due to the hyper-sexualization of the three female leads. Yet, the crime drama series went on to gain cult status and was remade for the big screen in 2000.
Director McG took a more comedic approach to the classic TV series and cast Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as the three angels to John Forsythe's Charlie. This revival was followed up with a sequel - Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle - with the same cast in 2003. Several other iterations of the series have been attempted, but the McG film series remains the most popular of the reboots... for the moment.
Variety reports Claflin is joining Banks' Charlie's Angels movie, though his role remains under wraps. Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are also on board to play the three Angels. That being said, reports have been circulating that there may be more angels than usual, potentially an entire network of angels. In addition to directing this angels network, Banks will portray one of the Bosley characters alongside both Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou.
Claflin, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games, just recently starred in the true story drama Adrift with Shailene Woodley. The British actor was also featured in Me Before You as well as Snow White and the Huntsman and its sequel, The Huntsman: Winter's War.
Claflin joins an already stellar cast for the soon-to-be staple in the Charlie's Angels franchise. Banks has already flexed her directing muscles on the set of Pitch Perfect 2, and has expressed her excitement at the challenges this project brings. With Banks' extensive background in comedic acting, it would seem out of character for her to not bring comedic elements to her adaptation, as was done in the previous remake. Then again, besides Banks, the majority of the cast are known solely for their dramatic roles, so perhaps the film will take a less comedic, more action-packed approach, bearing a closer resemblance to the original source material.
- Charlie's Angels (2019) release date: Nov 15, 2019