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09.24.2015

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Now more than ever we are subjected to an endless release of remakes and reboots. Disney for example seems to be laying out the groundwork for their own animation to live-action DCU with films like CINDERELLA, THE JUNGLE BOOK, DUMBO and many more on the way. I can’t say I blame them, unoriginality seems to pay VERY well these days.

Which brings us to the news from last week: actress, producer, and director Elizabeth Banks has been given the offer to helm a reboot of the CHARLIE'S ANGELS franchise. This of course now leads us to question just who will fill the necessary roles.

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First, let’s familiarize ourselves with the material. Charlie's Angels was a crime/detective series that ran for five seasons from 1976 to 1981. It followed the adventures of three women working for a private detective agency in Los Angeles, and initially starred Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith (pictured left to right) in the leading roles. There were more characters added, but none more popular than these three leading ladies so let’s just focus on them for now.

It was a huge TV hit and would later resurface as a remake with two successful movies starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. For the record, I was fine with the first CHARLIE'S ANGELS; the cast was solid, it was very colorful and campy, and McG can shoot a flashy action sequence. There was also an insufferable attempt at a 2011 TV show that we don’t need to talk about.

Casting this new movie is not as easy as one might think, not these days anyway. For better and for worse, times have changed. While some might have seen the original TV series and the movies as badass chicks taking out the criminal garbage, others saw it as sexploitation. With that being said, there is something to consider about today’s politically correct society and what’s deemed empowering and what comes off as sexist. Can we have a CHARLIE’S ANGELS movie that shows a lot of skin using suggestive outfits? This viewer says yes and please.

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In this scenario however, it’s up to you. What does your casting knowledge tell you? Can you imagine Emma Stone (EASY A) or Shailene Woodley (THE DIVERGENT SERIES) as one of the Angels? How about Olivia Munn who will no-doubt kick ass in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE? Would Jennifer Lawrence be up for another action role? What about Elizabeth Banks’ PITCH PERFECT co-star Anna Kendrick? Then of course there is everyone's favorite cool chick, Emma Stone.

Don’t forget when making your selections that adding diversity to the cast can make for more interesting options. It worked out very well when they added then 32-year-old Lucy Liu to the mix. The TV series had three white women with a lot of hair, maybe that was creative for that period but we can do better than that. I will give you Lupita Nyong'o as an actress that would make a great Angel; talent and beauty are key ingredients here. My personal pick though, Amber Stevens (pictured right below); she had a great presence in 22 JUMP STREET and is incredibly sexy. Another pick, Alexa Vega (pictured left below); she’s no stranger to action movies with a record including SPY KIDS, MACHETE KILLS, and SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR.

Whatever the case may be, I think I speak for all of us when I suggest that if they are going to force Melissa McCarthy in a role, let it be Bosley.

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Who would YOU cast for the roles of CHARLIE'S ANGELS? It's Cast This, movie fans. Time to go to work.

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Extra Tidbit: The original series had two alternate titles: "The Alley Cats" and "Harry's Angels".
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7:45AM on 09/26/2015

Speaking of this column...

Shouldn't there have been one of these for the Baywatch movie with The Rock?

We would have had a field day with that.
Shouldn't there have been one of these for the Baywatch movie with The Rock?

We would have had a field day with that.
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6:52PM on 09/25/2015
Maybe they should go the Ghostbusters 3 route and switch the genders. Irdis Elba, Nathan Fillion, and Chris Pratt.
Maybe they should go the Ghostbusters 3 route and switch the genders. Irdis Elba, Nathan Fillion, and Chris Pratt.
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9:15PM on 09/25/2015
Charli's Cherubs?
Charli's Cherubs?
2:01AM on 09/28/2015
Why not Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, with Bill Murray's Bosley rounding up the Angels? Then Annie Potts could stand in for Bosley now that he's a field agent. A great icing on the cake if we could get Rick Moranis out of retirement and lend his voice as Charlie.
Why not Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, with Bill Murray's Bosley rounding up the Angels? Then Annie Potts could stand in for Bosley now that he's a field agent. A great icing on the cake if we could get Rick Moranis out of retirement and lend his voice as Charlie.
5:10PM on 09/25/2015

GONIN 2

This Japanese heist film from the nineties has a plot you could easily massage into a Charlie and his Angels origin story. Plus you could have a lot more women because they slowly get picked off Tarantino style. That said, Keegan-Michael Key for Bosley, Jason Statham for Charlie. Rihanna, Lea Seydoux (because I want her in everything) and Aya Sato (don't know if she can act but she can in my version). I spent too much time thinking about this today.
This Japanese heist film from the nineties has a plot you could easily massage into a Charlie and his Angels origin story. Plus you could have a lot more women because they slowly get picked off Tarantino style. That said, Keegan-Michael Key for Bosley, Jason Statham for Charlie. Rihanna, Lea Seydoux (because I want her in everything) and Aya Sato (don't know if she can act but she can in my version). I spent too much time thinking about this today.
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1:02PM on 09/25/2015

Hmm

Troian Bellisario - Comedic / Martial Arts Angel
Tatiana Maslany - Brains / Street Fighter Angel
and Im stuck between Magda Apanowicz & Lexa Doig - Serious / WTFIMDEAD Fighter Angel.
Troian Bellisario - Comedic / Martial Arts Angel
Tatiana Maslany - Brains / Street Fighter Angel
and Im stuck between Magda Apanowicz & Lexa Doig - Serious / WTFIMDEAD Fighter Angel.
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12:27PM on 09/25/2015

My cast.

Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) - White American Ex-Cop Angel
Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Latina American Computer Expert Angel
Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) - Aussie Import Con Artist Angel

Bosley - Moshe Kasher
Charlie - Andre Braugher

And no offense to Anna Kendrick, she's cool as hell, but we do need to take her size into consideration. After Emilia Clarke underwhelmed as Sarah Connor, I'm not in the mood for baby bodies as action heroes.
Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) - White American Ex-Cop Angel
Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Latina American Computer Expert Angel
Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) - Aussie Import Con Artist Angel

Bosley - Moshe Kasher
Charlie - Andre Braugher

And no offense to Anna Kendrick, she's cool as hell, but we do need to take her size into consideration. After Emilia Clarke underwhelmed as Sarah Connor, I'm not in the mood for baby bodies as action heroes.
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11:07AM on 09/25/2015
The remake cast is usually always much worse, younger, annoying and uglier. So, I am anticipating them getting Ariana Grande, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lawrence (Sorry, but she is extremely ugly to me).
The remake cast is usually always much worse, younger, annoying and uglier. So, I am anticipating them getting Ariana Grande, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lawrence (Sorry, but she is extremely ugly to me).
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9:37AM on 09/25/2015
Kristen Bell as Jill Munroe
Olivia Munn as Sabrina Duncan
Anna Sophia Robb as Kelly Garrett

With Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory) as Bosley.
Kristen Bell as Jill Munroe
Olivia Munn as Sabrina Duncan
Anna Sophia Robb as Kelly Garrett

With Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory) as Bosley.
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9:08AM on 09/25/2015

My wish list!

Allison Brie
Anna Kendrick
Hayden Panettiere
Allison Brie
Anna Kendrick
Hayden Panettiere
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8:54AM on 09/25/2015
Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Furious 7)
Amber Heard (Drive Angry)
Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Furious 7)
Amber Heard (Drive Angry)
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8:38AM on 09/25/2015
First Angel: Lupita Nyong'o or Zoe Saldana
Second Angel: Emma Stone or Anna Kendrick
Third Angel: Ronda Rousey or Gina Carano. They bring some serious ass-kicking. Neither of them can act ... but neither could Lucy Liu, according to Bill Murray. :P
First Angel: Lupita Nyong'o or Zoe Saldana
Second Angel: Emma Stone or Anna Kendrick
Third Angel: Ronda Rousey or Gina Carano. They bring some serious ass-kicking. Neither of them can act ... but neither could Lucy Liu, according to Bill Murray. :P
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8:31AM on 09/25/2015
Melissa McCarthy.
Haha... Yeah, no. But I wouldn't be surprised if it happens though.
Melissa McCarthy.
Haha... Yeah, no. But I wouldn't be surprised if it happens though.
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6:46AM on 09/25/2015
I'd be shocked if Amy Schumer or Mindy Kaling wasn't in this. I like some of the suggestions so far like Jamie Chung and Nathalie Emmanuel. I'd add Alexandra Daddario, Elizabeth Olsen, Mila Kunis and Alison Brie.
I'd be shocked if Amy Schumer or Mindy Kaling wasn't in this. I like some of the suggestions so far like Jamie Chung and Nathalie Emmanuel. I'd add Alexandra Daddario, Elizabeth Olsen, Mila Kunis and Alison Brie.
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5:58AM on 09/25/2015
Gal Gadot, Emma Watson and Nathalie Emmanuel should be fun and diverse enough.
Gal Gadot, Emma Watson and Nathalie Emmanuel should be fun and diverse enough.
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5:39AM on 09/25/2015
Emma Stone, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Zoe Saldana
Emma Stone, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Zoe Saldana
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3:08AM on 09/25/2015
Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander & Anna Kendrick, maybe Elizabeth Banks can also play Bosley, but they should keep Charlie as a male & the speaker box.
Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander & Anna Kendrick, maybe Elizabeth Banks can also play Bosley, but they should keep Charlie as a male & the speaker box.
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3:00AM on 09/25/2015
Remember when this was a regular column that was done every week instead of maybe twice a year? Anywho my votes to Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, and Brittany Snow. I guess if you want some diversity you could throw in chrissie Fitt.
Remember when this was a regular column that was done every week instead of maybe twice a year? Anywho my votes to Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, and Brittany Snow. I guess if you want some diversity you could throw in chrissie Fitt.
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1:59AM on 09/25/2015

JLaw, OMunn, LNyon

Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Lupita Nyongo
Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Lupita Nyongo
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1:40AM on 09/25/2015

Scarlett Johanssen, Zoe Saldana, Emily Blunt

Between her Marvel appearances and Lucy, Scarlett seems to have positioned herself as one of the most promising action heroines out there, and would have the star-power and fanbase to anchor a new franchise (Alternately, if she's not availble, Margot Robie would be my backup choice). I almost listed Gal Gadot as the third member, because really how cool would that be to see Black Widow and Wonder Woman (plus Uhura) together in the same film? But unfortunately, I really don't think Gadot is a
Between her Marvel appearances and Lucy, Scarlett seems to have positioned herself as one of the most promising action heroines out there, and would have the star-power and fanbase to anchor a new franchise (Alternately, if she's not availble, Margot Robie would be my backup choice). I almost listed Gal Gadot as the third member, because really how cool would that be to see Black Widow and Wonder Woman (plus Uhura) together in the same film? But unfortunately, I really don't think Gadot is a good actress... like at all.
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1:37AM on 09/25/2015
Honestly, any three hot popular actresses will do. As long as they are physically capable for the roles, I don't particularly see any one choice being more deserving then another. It's not like there are any iconic attributes associated with these characters that would require extensive casting searches to find just the right actor. They can be white, Asian, black, blonde, redhead, whatever. No one will go to the theater like "If they don't get a suitable replacement for Farrah Fawcett, I'm
Honestly, any three hot popular actresses will do. As long as they are physically capable for the roles, I don't particularly see any one choice being more deserving then another. It's not like there are any iconic attributes associated with these characters that would require extensive casting searches to find just the right actor. They can be white, Asian, black, blonde, redhead, whatever. No one will go to the theater like "If they don't get a suitable replacement for Farrah Fawcett, I'm gonna demand my money back!"

What I think would be interesting is if the new Charlie's Angels returned to the more toned-down detective theme of the original show, and move away from the over-the-top kung fu superhero nonsense that Barrymore and Diaz championed in the remakes. But knowing Hollywood I won't hold my breath.

Also, how hot was Jaclyn Smith? I mean really...
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12:30AM on 09/25/2015
My personal fantasy would be Brenda Song, Grace Park and Jamie Chung but that would not be a diverse enough cast. I liked your Olivia Munn suggestion so I am okay with Alexa Vega, Olivia Munn and Amber Stevens although you could substitute out Olivia Munn for Brenda Song, Grace Park, Jamie Chung or Kristin Kreuk. I think Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick and Emma Stone would all consider Charlie's Angels beneath them. Besides, as somebody who actually finds black women
My personal fantasy would be Brenda Song, Grace Park and Jamie Chung but that would not be a diverse enough cast. I liked your Olivia Munn suggestion so I am okay with Alexa Vega, Olivia Munn and Amber Stevens although you could substitute out Olivia Munn for Brenda Song, Grace Park, Jamie Chung or Kristin Kreuk. I think Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick and Emma Stone would all consider Charlie's Angels beneath them. Besides, as somebody who actually finds black women attractive, Lupita Nyong'o does nothing for me. How about Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Ajiona Alexus , Regine Nehy, Drew Sidora, Tiffany Hines, Rhyon Nicole Brown, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Madison Pettis, Zendaya,Drea Castro, Saycon Sengbloh, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Kiersey Clemons, Coco Jones, Kat Graham, Kylie Bunbury, China Anne McClain, Keke Palmer, Shanica Knowles, Monique Coleman, Sydney Park, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Paige Hurd or Candice Patton?
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12:06AM on 09/25/2015
Margot Robbie, Anna Kendrick, and Zoe Saldana.
Margot Robbie, Anna Kendrick, and Zoe Saldana.
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3:10AM on 09/25/2015
I almost went with Margot Robbie if she were available.
I almost went with Margot Robbie if she were available.
12:29PM on 09/25/2015
Margot Robbie can still be available dependent on when they start.
Margot Robbie can still be available dependent on when they start.
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