Star and girl power as "Charlie's Angels" hit London

  • Thursday 21, November 2019 07:26 AM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: "Charlie's Angels" are back with a bang for a third big screen outing - this time with a female director and a multi-racial trio of women led by Kristen Stewart.
"Twilight" star Stewart, along with rising British actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, play the lead roles in the latest version of the 1970s crime caper, directed and co-written by Elizabeth Banks.

Banks, who also directed "Pitch Perfect 2", also co-produced the movie, and plays the role of the avuncular Bosley, which was played by a man on both the original television series and in two movie versions. However, the latest reboot features several Bosleys, one of whom is played by Patrick Stewart.

The new "Charlie's Angels" marks a trend in Hollywood to entrust more women with directing big budget fare, and towards ethnic diversity. Scott is of Indian descent, while Balinska is mixed race.

"Charlie's Angels" first appeared on U.S. television in 1976, starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith as private detectives sent on missions by their unseen boss, Charlie Townsend.

The series spawned a 2000 movie adaptation starring Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, who returned for a 2003 sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle."

The new movie, which opened in the United States on November 15, will be released in the United Kingdom on November 29.