Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor in Talks to Join Annie Ilonzeh for CHARLIE’S ANGELS TV Series

     January 27, 2011


Since the project was first announced, Sony Pictures Television has searched far and wide for the three young actresses to star in the ABC series reboot of Charlie’s Angels.  Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) was cast last week — Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers) are in negotiations to join her.

Drew Barrymore, star of the recent Charlie’s Angels feature films, will produce through her Flower Films banner.  Executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) wrote the pilot script.  Hit the jump for character descriptions for the three girls.

Per Deadline, Taylor is Abby, the youngest and “sassiest” of the crimefighting trio.  Abby, the offspring of a notorious Wall Street crook, is a con artist and Krav Magra expert.

Izoneleh is Kate, a smart and very athletic ex-cop who happens to be a master of martial arts.

Kelly’s character is not quite so straightforward.  Currently the third Angel is former Marine Marisa, a weapons expert and total neat freak.  The studio would like Kelly on the series, but not necessarily as Marisa.  The producers are currently reconfiguring the role to better fit Kelly’s considerable talents.  The character will no longer be named Marisa by the time they’re done.

charlies_angels_1976_jaclyn_smith_farrah_fawcett_kate_jackson_01As in the original series, the three sexy private eyes work for a wealthy man of mystery.  Here’s a description of the first season of the Aaron Spelling-created show:

America’s guiltiest pleasure of 1976–the inaugural season of Charlie’s Angels–has returned in all its jiggly, jolly glory in this tidy boxed set. It’s hard to describe just how captivated the nation’s media and viewing public were with cheesemeister Aaron Spelling’s ABC-TV hit, but for awhile Charlie’s Angels was wildly popular appointment television at its most self-consciously banal. The first season’s three (and best-remembered) belles–lioness Farrah Fawcett (then Farrah Fawcett-Majors), pin-up babe Jaclyn Smith, and Thinking Man’s beauty Kate Jackson–were something like primetime Spice Girls, gracing countless magazine covers and bestselling posters. The idea (even if a fan of the show didn’t happen to be a straight male) was that one was compelled to choose a favorite angel as a kind of ink-blot window onto one’s subconscious life. [Amazon]