Once upon a time there were three young girls strong women who went to the police drama academy and they were each assigned cast in very challenging roles. ABC’s rebooted, feminist 21st century “Charlie’s Angels” has found all three of its angels — and a director. The tough private investigators with the great hair will be played by Minka Kelly of “Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood” and dating Derek Jeter fame, “Transformers” star Racheal Taylor and the previously announced Annie Ilonzeh (“General Hospital“) in the latest incarnation of the iconic roles. Kelly will play Marissa, “an immigrant and a former U.S. Marine,” though the role is apparently being rewritten to be a “better fit” for Kelly, which may mean that the character will no longer be Latina — or that she will now be a cheerleader who can’t help loving Tim Riggins. Australian Taylor is playing Abby who is from “the Upper East Side and daughter of a notorious Wall Street crook,” while Ilonzeh is Katie, “an ex-cop, a master of martial arts and a strict vegetarian.”
Based on the character descriptions and the actresses prior roles, Ilonzeh is the new Kate Jackson, Kelly is Jacklyn Smith, and Taylor is taking on the red swimsuit and feathered hair of Farrah Fawcett. Though perhaps one of them will turn out to be the new Cheryl Ladd or Shelly Hack.
The pilot, which is being written and produced by “Smallville” creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, will be directed by another CW all-star, Marcos Siega who helmed the “Vampire Diaries” pilot and numerous other episodes of the show. There are still two missing pieces of the Angels puzzle. The show has not yet cast a Bosley or the voice of the unseen Charlie.