Lucy Liu Weighs in on the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot
Reboots aren’t always popular with the stars of the projects that are being rebooted — case in point, Charmed — but Lucy Liu is 100 percent behind Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels revival. As reported in July, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska will be taking over as the trio of private investigators, and Liu, who starred in the early 2000s big-screen reboot of the 1970s TV show, told Entertainment Tonight that she thinks the new film will be “positive” for women.
“To me, I think it’s very exciting,” Liu told ET on Monday, August 20, while promoting her work as a director on the August 27 episode of CBS’ Elementary. “It’s like Sherlock Holmes. The material in itself is a very different type of literature — and it’s not necessarily literature. But it is something that people keep coming back to and they’re drawn to. That’s something that needs to be explored and if it needs to be explored on all different levels, then it should be. It will only be a more positive result for women.”
Banks’ planned reboot is the latest of several iterations of the original series, which famously featured Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith as the crime-fighting “Angels.” Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore led the 2000 movie version and its 2003 sequel, while Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, and Annie Ilonzeh starred in a short-lived 2011 TV revival.
ET spoke with Barrymore about the new reboot, too, and she was just as supportive as Liu. “I am just excited for them, you know, because every generation that brings Charlie’s Angels out into the world is about the power of three women and what they can do…. There’s just something about Charlie’s Angels that makes men and women so happy! And it’s so positive, so if they keep that alive in this new integration, it’s just going to be great.”
Banks, who is not only directing the film but will also star as Bosley, told ET in March 2017, “I want to do right by the franchise and by the women that we involve and I want to say something to people and I want the movie to matter. That’s hard to do, but we’re getting closer and closer.”
The new Charlie’s Angels reboot is scheduled to hit theaters on September 27, 2019.
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