Thursday, July 26, 2018

New Project: Kristen confirmed to star in 'Charlie's Angels'



Charlie and Sony have found their Angels.

Naomi Scott, who is starring as Jasmine in Disney's upcoming Aladdin remake, and British newcomer Ella Balinska are set to join Kristen Stewart in the studio's new Charlie's Angels reboot.

Elizabeth Banks, who is directing the project, will also take a role in front of the camera: She will play Bosley, the face of the enigmatic and never-seen owner of the detective agency, Charlie Townsend.

The new story takes the detective agency premise of the original television series and turn-of-the new century movies and takes it global, with the Townsend Agency now a worldwide security and intelligence service that has teams around the planet. The movie will focus on one of those teams and the next generation of Angels.

"Charlie's Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the '70s," said Banks in a statement. "This film honors the legacy of Charles Townsend and his agency while introducing a new era of modern and global Angels. I couldn't be more excited to work with Kristen, Naomi and Ella to bring this chapter to fans around the world."

The new project has Banks' imprint on all levels. In addition to being in front and behind the camera, Banks wrote the latest draft of the script with Jay Basu (The Girl in the Spider's Web), working off of earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas.

Banks is also producing the project with husband Max Handelman via their Brownstone Productions banner, as well as Doug Belgrad, who is co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.

Sony is setting a Sept. 27, 2019, release for the new movie.

British-born Scott appeared on TV's Terra Nova and starred in 2017's live-action Power Rangers movie before nabbing the high-profile role of Jasmine in Aladdin. That movie, directed by Guy Ritchie, opens May 24, 2019. She is repped by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment and Sloane Offer.

Angels will be a big break for Balinska, who has only appeared in two television episodes, one of them in the U.K.'s long-running series Midsomer Murders, and the other an indie titled A Modern Tale. She is repped by UTA and Identity Agency Group.

Banks, who will be seen in The Happytime Murders and heard in Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, last directed the hit Pitch Perfect 2. She is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

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