Charlie’s Angels is a 2019 American action comedy film written and directed by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn. It stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels who are working for a private detective agency named the Townsend Agency. The film is the third installment in the Charlie’s Angels film series and serves as a continuation of the story that began with the television series of the same name by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, and the two previous theatrical films, Charlie’s Angels (2000) and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003).
Development of the film began in September 2015 when Sony Pictures opted to reboot the series following the cancellation of the 2011 television reboot. Months later, Elizabeth Banks joined the project as director, producer, and writer. Casting announcements were made throughout 2018, with Banks herself also confirmed to star. Principal photography commenced in September 2018 and took place in Germany and Turkey.
The lead single from the film’s soundtrack, “Don’t Call Me Angel,” performed by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey, was released in September 2019, followed by the soundtrack and score album’s respective releases on November 1 and 8. Charlie’s Angels was theatrically released in the United States on November 15, 2019, to mixed reviews from critics and a poor opening weekend box office performance. It was ranked by both USA Today and Variety as one of the biggest box-office disappointments of 2019. The film eventually grossed $73.3 million worldwide against an estimated production budget of $48–55 million and an estimated advertising budget of $50 million.
A team of Angels, led by senior operative John Bosley, capture international embezzler Jonny Smith in Rio de Janeiro and turn him over to American authorities. A year later, the European division of the Townsend Agency is informed that Elena Houghlin, an engineer and programmer employed by entrepreneur Alexander Brok, wants to expose her superiors. She knows that Brok’s head of development, Peter Fleming, is covering up a discovery about how an energy conservation device that she helped invent, Calisto, has the potential to trigger fatal seizures when used. She meets with operative Edgar “Bosley” in Hamburg to turn over her findings, but an assassin named Hodak ambushes the meeting and subsequently kills Edgar, leaving Elena to drown. Edgar’s protégé, Jane Kano, rescues her and brings her to operative Rebekah “Bosley” with the help of her partner, Sabina Wilson. Meanwhile, John, who has since retired from the agency, discovers that Rebekah has tagged him with the agency’s specialized subdermal implant without his knowledge.
Rebekah tasks Sabina and Jane, joined by Elena, with breaking into Brok’s corporate headquarters to steal the remaining Calisto prototypes before they can be duplicated. Elena finds one of the devices but is forced to use it to escape, accidentally killing the chief of security Ralph in the process, while the other prototypes are already gone, and Fleming is identified as the thief. Rebekah tracks him to Istanbul, where Jane utilizes one of her old intelligence contacts, Fatima, to locate Fleming. They track him to a remote rock quarry, where the supposedly-imprisoned Smith is revealed to be Fleming’s intermediary for selling Calisto. Hodak is also present and kills Fleming before the Angels break up the sale. Rebekah suddenly disappears, allowing Smith and Hodak to escape with the prototypes.
Returning to their safehouse, Sabina shares her growing belief that Rebekah is secretly working against the agency and has been manipulating them to steal Calisto for her own benefit. While the three ponder Sabina’s suspicion, the safehouse is bombed. Rebekah shows up only to be shot by John, who has come to rescue Elena. Sabina and Jane manage to survive and seek medical help from Fatima. Rebekah reappears and explains that John is the real traitor and that he has spent the last few decades secretly building his own network within the agency after he was passed over to succeed the late Charlie Townsend.
John takes Elena to a party hosted by Brok in Chamonix, who reveals himself as the mastermind behind the attempt to assassinate Elena and, unbeknownst to him, John’s plan to weaponize Calisto. Using Elena’s colleague Langston as a hostage, John forces her to program a Calisto device to kill both Langston and herself before leaving. The Angels, having deduced his plan due to the information provided by Smith, who is later revealed to have defected to their side, show up and rescue Elena and Langston, Elena having already disabled the Calisto device. Jane exacts revenge by impaling Hodak on a spike, while Rebekah catches up with John and his men. Outnumbered, she has other Angels posing as guests subdue the men, after which Sabina knocks out John with a punch. Brok is arrested for conspiracy, and Jane and Langston start a relationship. Elena is recruited as an Angel by the Townsend Agency after passing a series of rigorous training exercises.
In a mid-credits scene, Elena receives an official Angels tattoo and congratulations from Charlie.
Kristen Stewart as Sabina Wilson, a wild and rebellious Angel
Naomi Scott as Elena Houghlin, an engineer, programmer, and creator of the Calisto project, who gets recruited to become an Angel
Ella Balinska as Jane Kano, a former MI-6 agent who became an Angel
Elizabeth Banks as Rebekah “Bosley,” a former Angel who became one of Charlie’s assistants
Djimon Hounsou as Edgar “Bosley” Dessange, one of Charlie’s assistants
Sam Claflin as Alexander Brok, Elena’s employer
Noah Centineo as Langston, Elena’s assistant
Nat Faxon as Peter Fleming, Elena’s superior
Patrick Stewart as John Bosley, Charlie’s first and original assistant. Stewart replaces Bill Murray, who portrayed the character in the first installment.
Chris Pang as Jonny Smith, an international smuggler
Jonathan Tucker as Hodak, an assassin
Luis Gerardo Méndez as the Saint, a Townsend Agency employee specializing in weapons and technology
David Schütter as Ralph, the chief of security at Brok’s corporate
Hannah Hoekstra as Ingrid, an Angel who works as a secretary at Brok’s corporate
Marie-Lou Sellem as Fatima Ahmed, Jane’s contact in Istanbul
Robert Clotworthy as the voice of Charles “Charlie” Townsend, the owner of the Townsend Agency. Clotworthy replaces John Forsythe, who voiced the character in the television series and previous film installments, following Forsythe’s death in 2010.
Making cameo appearances in the film are Hailee Steinfeld, Lili Reinhart, Aly Raisman, Huda Kattan, and Chloe Kim as newly recruited Angels; Ronda Rousey, Danica Patrick, and Laverne Cox as the Angels’ instructors;and Michael Strahan as the Townsend Agency’s New York branch “Bosley.” Jaclyn Smith also makes a cameo appearance as Kelly Garrett, reprising her character from the television series for her second appearance in the film series, after cameoing in the second theatrical film. Still photographs of Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Ladd, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as their respective characters from the television series and previous installments also appear on a screen in the Townsend Agency’s Los Angeles office.
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