Patrick Stewart is the new Bosley in Charlie’s Angels reboot
X-Men star and Ted narrator Patrick Stewart has entered final negotiations to star in the upcoming reboot of the classic Charlie’s Angels franchise as both Charlie’s and the Angels’ assistant, Bosley, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stewart’s casting in the role of Bosley marks an interesting decision for the film as it was previously announced that Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect), who will also be directing and co-writing the film, would also be portraying the role of Bosley, making it the first entry in either film or TV franchise to feature more than one iteration of Bosley on screen. The previous films starring Cameron Diaz (Shrek), Lucy Liu (Elementary) and Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet) featured Bill Murray (Isle of Dogs) in the first film as John Bosley, while Bernie Mac (Bad Santa) took over as John’s brother Jimmy in the sequel.
Sony previously announced that the new Charlie’s Angels film open in theaters on June 7, 2019, but the studio has now announced the film’s release date will September 27, 2019. Writing credits also include Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (writers and producers for the Netflix series Narcos).
The franchise began with a TV show that ran from 1976-1981 starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. There were two films, Charlie’s Angels in 2000 and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle in 2003, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. The sequel added Demi Moore.
In 2011, ABC premiered a new Charlie’s Angels series from Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, starring Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor, though it only lasted for four episodes before being pulled from the lineup.
The Charlie’s Angels reboot will be produced by Banks and Max Handelman via their Brownstone production company along with Elizabeth Cantillon and Doug Belgrad who is co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment banner. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the film for Sony.
It was recently announced that Stewart would be returning to space with a reprisal of his acclaimed role Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation in a new series for CBS All Access that will act as a continuation of the character’s story. Stewart can also be seen in the upcoming The Kid Who Would Be King, Joe Cornish (Attack the Block)’s new take on the King Arthur tale, as Merlin alongside Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout).