Twilight star Kristen Stewart is reportedly being considered to star in a big screen reboot of the classic detective series Charlie’s Angels. Originating as a hour-long series on ABC in 1976, Charlie's Angels followed the weekly adventures of three private eyes – Sabrina Duncan (Kate Jackson), Kelly Garrett (Jacklyn Smith) and Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett) – their handler, Bosley (David Doyle) and mysterious boss, Charlie (voice of John Forsythe) who would only communicate with his team via speaker phone.
The show became an instant hit and propelled the careers of Jackson, Smith, and Fawcett – who left the show after the first season and was replaced by Cheryl Ladd. Nineteen years after the show's five-year run came to an end in 1981, director McG helmed a high-energy big screen adaptation of Charlie's Angels, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, and the 2000 action adventure became a smash hit with $264 million in ticket sales worldwide. And while the film's sequel, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, pulled in just as much as the original globally in 2003 ($259.1 million), the big screen series didn't live to see another day.
Now, actor-turned-director Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2) is looking to revive the franchise, and apparently she's found one of her three leads. According to Variety, Banks is eyeing to cast Stewart as one of the Angels, per sources close to the production. Also mentioned as a possibility for the summer 2019 release is 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, whose star has risen considerably in the past couple of years with roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book, and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure Black Panther.
While Nyongo'o has shown considerable range in her career, the casting of Stewart seems to be a big risk on behalf of the production. True, The Twilight Saga was a blockbuster film series, but that could probably be attributed more to the success of the book series than the actors, since none of the stars have gone on to replicate the blockbuster success of the YA novel adaptations (maybe apart from Stewart's Snow White and the Huntsman). And while Stewart has found success in the indie world (in films like the Julianne Moore Alzheimer's drama Still Alice, and director Woody Allen's comedy romance Cafe Society), she has relatively few action film credits, save Snow White, and American Ultra opposite Jesse Eisenberg.
The good thing for Banks is, if she indeed casts Stewart, she'll be able to depend on Nyong'o should she sign on, as well as a third Angel – since the film promises to be more of an ensemble than a star vehicle for one of the actors. Check back with Screen Rant as more news on the Charlie's Angels reboot as it develops.
- Charlie's Angels (2019) release date: Nov 15, 2019