Actress Elizabeth Banks, who made her feature directorial debut with “Pitch Perfect 2” in 2015, will take the helm of a new “Charlie’s Angels” movie starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as a team of globe-trotting intelligence and security experts. Following in the footsteps of David Doyle, Bill Murray, and Bernie Mac, Banks will step into the previously male role of Bosley, the liaison between the Angels and their unseen employer Charlie Townsend.
“Charlie’s Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the ’70s,” Banks said. “This film honors the legacy of Charles Townsend and his agency while introducing a new era of modern and global Angels. I couldn’t be more excited to work with Kristen, Naomi and Ella to bring this chapter to fans around the world.” She will also serve as a producer with her partner and husband, Max Handelman.
As an actress, Banks will appear “The Happytime Murders,” opposite Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in a story based in the writer’s later years. Colin Firth and Emily Watson also star in the film, which will be released October 5. She’s also set to direct “The Greater Good,” a project for ABC TV that combines a workplace and relationship comedy with conspiracy theories.