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“We are not trying to do an impression of the last one,” the actress said about the 2000 and 2003 films starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. She added that director Elizabeth Banks has her own vision for the story. “I think Liz is like so genuinely naturally funny all the time anyway,” she said.
The new story takes the detective agency premise from the original 1976-1981 series, as well as the film adaptations, with the Townsend Agency now a security and intelligence service. The new adaptation will focus on the next generation of Angels.
The film’s cast includes Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the newest Angels, while Banks will take on the role of Bosley, who acts as a guide for the Angels.
Stewart revealed that she has already begun training for the film. “I have been boxing a bit, which I have never done,” she said. “I am so addicted to it. As soon as I have to actually start sparring though, I realize what I am doing is intended to fight people. I am like, it really is assaulting and I really hate it. But all I am doing lately is talking to Liz, and can’t wait to meet the other girls and I leave on Sunday … gonna start doing more fight training, getting more aggressive quite soon.”
Lucy Liu told Entertainment Tonight that she has given her blessing to the new film. “To me, I think it’s very exciting,” said Liu. “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,” Liu concluded.
Stewart agreed with Liu’s sentiment that the new generation of Angels will be a step forward for women. “It is true I think, it is not maybe everyone’s immediate response that it would be, like, something we would have to see again because the one I grew up with was so much fun,” she said. “The re-imagining is so grounded and well intentioned and really shows the way women can work together now. It tries to be warm and funny, but it lacks a kitch element that we have seen before that works so well.”
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