• FemmeCritic


Hell to the noooo, she screamed!! This is ALL WRONG. Let me tell you why, and suggest some better choices.

charlie's angels '19
Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks (Variety)

Every actress who dares take on the role of an Angel needs a very specific combo of talents: acting, action and comedy. That’s why the series and ‘00 movies succeeded so well – and why every other iteration has been an unmitigated disaster.

#DrewBarrymore, #CameronDiaz and #LucyLiu were known entities with decent track records going into #CharliesAngels. Out of the new ladies, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, K-Stew is the only one with any sort of bonafides here, and she’s wrong on all three counts. Scott was the Pink Power Ranger, so … I suppose she can kick things. This Balinska person has had like, two guest shots on British shows and has never been cast in a feature. She has neither starred in a series nor a full-length movie. UH NO.

Notably absent from this lineup is Lupita Nyong'o, an Oscar winner who was rumored to have been attached from the beginning and was the only one worthy to wear the halo. The fact that she’s no longer involved leads me to believe that the script is not up to par (not surprising, since it was written by a collection of various men, with Banks co-credited for a rewrite).

And may I add, the original idea was a real reboot, with a repeat of the Angels’ origin story. Now, somehow, the Angels are a global entity and this is just but one team out there fighting crime? SIGH. And Banks casting herself as Bosley?? Pass. None of this bodes well at all. 

Especially when there are literally dozens of actresses out there -- of every color and persuasion -- who have that perfect combo. Just a scant few that come to mind: Chrissy Teigen, Zendaya, Laverne Cox, Danai Gurira, Rachel Bloom, Chloe Bennet, Liz Hentsridge, JLo, J-Law, Gina Rodriguez, Margot Robbie, Ronda Rousey, Ariana Grande, Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Anna Kendrick, Dakota/Elle Fanning, Zoe Kravitz, Kerry Washington, Samira Wiley... and that's just to name a few more worthy candidates.

For more on the Angels, please see Chuck's Cherubs on Tumblr.