After a hellish 16-year dearth (not counting 2011’s abortive television reboot), Charlie’s Angels are back in the first trailer for their new film. As is recent tradition, this new feature timidly operates as both a continuation and do-over of Charlie’s Angels and Charlie’s Angel: Full Throttle (TV-VCR remain apologists of both, and will go into it at length eventually), roughly following the narrative of those 2000 and 2003 films while bringing in some new actors to further the series.
Doubling down on their recipe that resulted in Men in Black: International, Sony selected some younger, hotter actors (Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott—the last here panderingly deployed as an introductory audience surrogate like Tessa Thompson in MIB:I) to replace the old, expensive mainstays while keeping a lot of the trademark seasonings that make an Angel Charlie’s. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore (returning as executive producer only, and reversing her adamant stance on Angels carrying guns, apparently), and Lucy Liu may be gone, but they’ve left behind plenty of familiar franchise notes, including: broad comedy, martial arts, gadgets, disguises, Angels falling out of planes, Angels in Jeeps, Angels letting Bosley drive, Angels being blown back by explosions, and a MacGuffin tech that threatens to be weaponized nearly as much as the film’s commercialized sense of girl power—complete with accompanying powerhouse single.
Also on hand are Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, and (writer-director) Elizabeth Banks as a cadre of Bosleys for the Charles Townsend Detective Agency, which has by now gone (so on the nose) international. The biggest surprise is that there’s no Tiffany Haddish. Remember how unexpectedly perfect Bernie Mac was to follow Bill Murray’s Bosley? Charlie’s Angels always need somebody to announce whether that surfboard wax is grape or not, and she’s actually the flavor this could use.
Find out how they’ve Black Mirrored John Forsythe’s soul into eternal servitude as a Charlie SIRI when Charlie’s Angels hits theaters on November 15.