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Patrick Stewart is in final negotiations to join Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of Charlie’s Angels.
Kristen Stewart, Aladdin actress Naomi Scott and British newcomer Ella Balinska are starring as the Angels in the Sony feature project, which Banks is directing, producing and acting in.
The new story takes the female-fronted detective-agency premise of the original 1976-81 TV series and 2000 and 2003 movies global, with the Townsend Agency now a security and intelligence service that has teams around the world. The movie will focus on one of those teams and the next generation of Angels.
In a twist on the usual proceedings, the project seems to have multiple characters named Bosley, who in the past acted as the face of the enigmatic and never-seen owner of the detective agency, Charlie Townsend. Banks is set to play Bosley, with sources telling The Hollywood Reporter that Stewart is also playing a Bosley.
Banks and Jay Basu (The Girl in the Spider’s Web) wrote the script, working off of earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas, and the story is said to build on what’s come previously.
Producing with Banks are her husband, Max Handelman; Doug Belgrad, who is also co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment; and Elizabeth Cantillon.
Sony has slated a Sept. 27, 2019, release for the pic.
Stewart, who made Professor X in the X-Men movies one of his signature roles, will be soon reprising another popular part, Star Fleet Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, on a new Star Trek television series being developed for CBS All Access.
The actor’s next big-screen outing will be as Merlin in The Boy Who Would Be King, Joe Cornish’s take on the King Arthur legend that also stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible — Fallout).
Stewart is repped by ICM Partners, Independent Talent Group and Anonymous Content.
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