- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Elizabeth Banks is giving longtime “Charlie’s Angels” fans a heads-up as to what to expect when the property is rebooted this fall — a modern feminist take with a “probably believe women” message.

In a recent interview with entertainment website Collider, the director, screenwriter and actress discussed the upcoming movie, working with Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott, and the messages she wants to impart upon the audience.

“In 2019, we can’t afford to not get political, even with escapist entertainment,” Collider wrote for its June 29 interview.

Ms. Banks agreed.

“One of the statements this movie makes is that you should probably believe women,” Ms. Banks said. “We have as much validity in what we’re feeling and how we want to go about living in the world, being in the world, and that was really important to me, that we felt like we had characters that were being taken seriously and given a chance to live their best life.”

The actress said she doesn’t consider “Charlies Angels” more feminist than the previous fare, although the creative team did “dismiss” the idea of female sexuality.

“We play with that trope and then we dismiss it pretty early on in the movie,” she said. “The women in this film use their brains and their wits. … When we were casting the movie, I wanted really fresh faces. I wanted a diverse cast. … It’s a movie that I want to entertain all audiences but I did want to make something that felt important to women and especially young girls.”

“Charlie’s Angels” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 15.

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