Banks — best known to genre nerds for her work as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games films but also well-known for the Pitch Perfect franchise, Wet Hot American Summer, and appearance as Betty Brant in the first Spider-Man film series — posted a photo to Twitter marking the start of shooting on the new film, which promises a new team of Angels and a new take on the franchise as a whole. Sadly, the photo does not give us a look at the film's cast, but it does carry an air of celebration with it.
The new trio of Angels for the film includes Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska, and this take will also feature a global network of Angels operating, presumably, in teams of three, rather than just three Angels total. To add to the global experience, the film will also feature two versions of the Angels' handler Bosley, one played by Banks herself and the other played by Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men legend Sir Patrick Stewart.
What's more, Stewart has promised a more "woke" approach to the film, which Banks also seems to be emphasizing with her message celebrating the start of production. Charlie's Angels began life as a spy series in 1976, then became a more comedic live-action film franchise in 2000. Now, in the era of Time's Up and #MeToo, at a time when female team-up movies like Ocean's 8 and Pitch Perfect are out there for the taking, Banks is looking to transform the series yet again.
Charlie's Angels hits theaters just about a year from now, on September 27, 2019.