Who Are the New ‘Charlie’s Angels’? Watch the First Trailer Now
Yes, we’re living in an age of reboots. That can’t be denied, and while not all will be winners, the upcoming Charlie’s Angels film helmed by Elizabeth Banks has a lot of promise. In addition to an incredible cast, the premise expands upon the world already seen in the previous iterations starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore. And now, the first trailer is here.
There’s a lot to unpack there, but the primary question on everyone’s mind is: Who are the new Angels, and how will they measure up? Here’s a look at the actresses behind what could be an exciting new franchise, if all goes well.
Kristen Stewart is Sabina Wilson
You missed a giant chunk of pop culture history about 10 years ago if you’re unfamiliar with the name Kristen Stewart. The actress made her mark as Bella Swan, the protagonist of the Twilight movies, based on the popular vampire novels. Since then, Stewart has branched out with indie films like Still Alice and appeared in Woody Allen’s 2016 flick Café Society.
Stewart portrays Sabina Wilson, who, according to Elizabeth Banks’ Bosley, “runs the ground game.” This means she’s frequently in costume, and in the trailer, we see her as a blond seductress, a hotel maid, and a jockey, among other things.
Ella Balinska is Jane Kano
British actress Ella Balinska is a young newcomer. She’s appeared in a handful of short films as well as in episodes of UK medical series Casualty and detective drama Midsomer Murders, before landing the starring role in the Sky show The Athena. Charlie’s Angels is poised to be her breakout role, which she’ll follow with the 2020 Blumhouse horror flick Run Sweetheart Run.
Balinska’s character is Jane Kano. According to Bosley, she’s former MI-6, and we can observe that she’s familiar with complex fighting tactics and weapons you have to see to believe. Despite her tough demeanor, she has a sweet moment with none other than Noah Centineo’s nerdy character, Langston.
Naomi Scott is Elena Houghlin
Another English actress, Naomi Scott, rounds out the trio. Scott got her start on the Disney Channel UK series Life Bites. She went on to star in the short-lived Fox sci-fi series Terra Nova. However, Scott is better known for her film roles. She portrayed Kimberly, the Pink Ranger, in 2017’s Power Rangers movie, and Princess Jasmine in this year’s live-action Aladdin remake.
Scott plays Elena Houghlin, a skilled programmer who is worried that the product she’s working on will fall into the wrong hands. She joins the Angels to get back the weaponized product before it’s too late, and learns what it’s like to be “a lady spy” along the way.
The rest of the star-studded cast
Banks, who also wrote and directed the film, wasn’t messing around when she cast Charlie’s Angels — she knew they’d need some star power to get people on board with yet another rebooted franchise. In addition to herself and Centineo, there are a few other familiar faces.
Academy Award-nominee and MCU/DCEU actor Djimon Hounsou portrays one of the Bosleys (which is now a term for all Angel “handlers” at the agency), as do Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Sir Patrick Stewart. You should also be on the lookout for Crazy Rich Asian’s star Chris Pang and comedic actor Nat Faxon.
What about the song in the trailer?
If you thought you heard familiar voices in the trailer, you weren’t wrong. Just as the trio of Destiny’s Child gave us “Independent Women” for the 2000 Charlie’s Angels film, three of the hottest female singers of the moment teamed up for “Don’t Call Me Angel.” Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and Lana Del Rey are the voices behind the track, which sadly isn’t available in full just yet.