Elizabeth Banks & 'Charlie's Angels' Are A Perfect Fit, So Thank You Hollywood
The rumors are true: Sony confirmed on Wednesday that Elizabeth Banks direct a Charlie's Angels reboot. The exciting news came after six long months of hopeful rumors; the reboot was first teased in August of last year, when it hadn't even crossed our minds yet but got our hopes way up. It appears that our hopes can stay sky high, because, let's be real, Banks totally embodies the spirit of the series. (And it's not just because she looks suspiciously like Farrah Fawcett, especially in Wet Hot American Summer.)
Much like the Angels, Banks is not to be underestimated. The 42-year old actor/producer/director/comedian has fast become one of the most successful women in Hollywood, most notably for the cash cow that is the Pitch Perfect series. The franchise has grossed over $187 million dollars. Banks starred in the first, directed the second, and has a third on the way, so she's one of the biggest gets in business right now.
Plus, she knows how to handle her business. Banks has been as outspoken about the gender wage gap in Hollywood as she has been prolific about filmmaking. She was, in fact, the host of Sundance's Women In Film Brunch in January, where she talked about her own insecurities and how she was able to overcome them. Speaking to an audience of more than 400 women, she said, "We gotta have these models for the next generation, so someone can grow up and say, 'I want to be the next Liz Banks', and not say, 'I want to be Steven Spielberg.'"
Though Banks has a lot to live up to from the precedent of the original reboot, I know Charlie's Angels is safe in her hands. She knows a lot about style, music, and comedy — all staples of the 2000 films at least. In fact, Banks just launched a digital comedy platform called WhoHaHa to dispel the myth that women aren't funny for whatever bitter dudes that still believe it. Seriously, my only gripe with Banks is that I really have no idea how she does it.
Besides Charlie's Angels and Pitch Perfect 3, Banks is also starring in another upcoming reboot as Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers movie. She is really speaking to the '90s generation, and I love it. I can't wait to see who is cast as the new angels, but I hope I'm not the only one already wishing that Banks plays Charlie.
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