ABC Finds ‘Charlie’s Angels’

Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh will headline the revival of the popular '70s series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

ABC Finds 'Charlie's Angels'

Charles Townsend finally has his new angels.

According to Deadline, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor have signed on to join the previously cast Annie Ilonzeh as the lead characters in ABC’s upcoming reboot of "Charlie’s Angels." As in the original series, the actresses will portray three female private investigators who take orders from a mysterious man of wealth who operates from the shadows.

Kelly’s character is being retooled to better fit her acting persona. In the breakdown of the characters, her role was previously known as Marisa, a woman who was once a Marine with extensive combat and weapons training. Taylor will portray Abby, the youngest of the three Angels and the daughter of a notorious Wall Street criminal who has inherited her father’s skill with cons. Ilonzeh’s character will be Kate, "a very smart and very athletic ex-cop."

Of the three actresses, Ilonzeh is a relative newcomer, with guest appearances on "Melrose Place" and "Entourage" in a addition to her current stint on ABC’s soap "General Hospital." Kelly is primarily known for her starring role in "Friday Night Lights," although she has also appeared in "American Dreams," "Parenthood" and even in an episode of "Entourage" as herself.

Taylor recently recurred on "Grey’s Anatomy" as Dr. Lucy Fields and also had a small role in the original "Transformers." Taylor also appeared in a movie that she and comic book fans would rather forget: an adaptation of Marvel’s "Man-Thing."

The new "Charlie’s Angels" was written by former "Smallville" showrunners and executive producers, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, with Sony Pictures TV and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films producing. The series will take place in Miami and is expected to begin filming shortly.

Because of its pre-existing brand, "Charlie’s Angels" is considered a heavy favorite to make ABC’s fall schedule.