“I felt like Charlie’s Angels was a way to tell a story involving more than one female lead,” shares director Elizabeth Banks

“Charlie’s Angels” is rated PG-13 and will be released in theaters nationwide on November 15.

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“There are so few films with multiple female leads out there. I felt like Charlie’s Angels was a way to tell a story involving more than one female lead — three great, powerful women that have agency over their lives, and are the driving force behind the story,” Elizabeth Banks (pictured below), who helms the latest iteration of the iconic franchise.

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For the actress/co-writer/director/producer, “Charlie’s Angels” was a beacon. “These characters were women who worked in a man’s world and had to make their own way. You just hadn’t seen women kicking butt in any genre before – it was revolutionary. They really stood for something,” shared Banks who built a franchise for women and girls with the film “Pitch Perfect.”

Based on the television show of the same name, which premiered September 22, 1976, “Charlie’s Angels” was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg and followed the crime fighting adventures of three beautiful women working for a private detective agency, The Townsend Agency, headed and bankrolled by a mysterious millionaire, Charlie, whose identity was never revealed. The first episode was an instant hit, and the show ran for a total of 5 seasons, 110 episodes and gave birth to two major feature films “Charlie’s Angels” (2000) and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” (2003).

“Charlie’s Angels was the beginning of female empowerment on TV,” says Banks. “So, when we started the process of continuing Charlie’s Angels, we wanted to incorporate everything that had come before.”

Ella Balinska and Kristen Stewart star in Charle's Angels.

In this action-packed film which is full of disguises, levity, and ass-kicking, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska star as the Angels and John Bosley is played by Sir Patrick Stewart. The film also stars Djimon Hounsou and Luis Gerardo Méndez.

The important thing about this film, says Banks, is how grounded it is. “It’s about real women doing extraordinary things. There are extraordinary women around me every day, and that’s what this movie is about, the everyday heroics of women who trust other women, who believe them and who want them to succeed in life.”

“Charlie’s Angels” is rated PG-13 and will be released in theaters nationwide on November 15.

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