Some ’70s franchises just won’t die, which is why that decade’s iconic TV series Charlie’s Angels is getting another reboot film. But this much is obvious from the movie’s first trailer: These aren’t your dad’s Angels.
The original Charlie’s Angels aired from 1976 to 1981, and featured a team of three female private detectives referred to as “Angels” by their mysterious benefactor, Charlie. The series became a pop culture staple, later spawning a reboot film franchise in 2000 with Charlie’s Angels and its 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as the Angels, both films were box office successes. The series received another reboot in 2011 — this time returning to television. This uninspired version, which aired on ABC, was canceled after just four episodes, leading some to think that the franchise had run its course. But the newest iteration is here to prove that these Angels can still fly.
The upcoming film is technically a sequel and not a reboot. It’s directed by Elizabeth Banks, who is giving a more feminist voice to the property that has long been criticized for its male gaze and sexualization of its characters. In the film, the Angels have grown to become a worldwide superspy agency, with multiple Bosleys (including Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, and Banks herself) recruiting outstanding women all over the world. One of those recruits is scientist Elena Houghlin (Aladdin‘s Naomi Scott), who is teamed up with a pair of James Bond-esque badasses in Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart) and Jane Kano (Ella Balinska) as they try and prevent a new power source she worked on from ending up in the wrong hands.
This is easily the most action-packed iteration of Charlie’s Angels we’ve ever seen, and frankly looks more like a Mission: Impossible movie than anything else. In other words, it looks super fun.
The reenergized Charlie’s Angels will hit theaters on Nov. 15.