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ABC picks its new Charlie's Angels

According to Deadline, ABC’s Charlie’s Angels reboot has found the three women whose litheness and bone structure will make or break its success: Minka Kelly—Friday Night Lights star, Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” of 2010, and object of Leighton Meester’s unhealthy fixation in The Roommate—will play a former U.S. Marine and “weapons expert trained in all forms of hand-to-head combat.” Yes, it says “hand-to-head;” yes, this character will be played by Minka Kelly. But this won’t be some sort of fantastic, only-on-TV caricature: She’s also “a neat freak,” so she’s recognizably human.

She’ll be joined by Transformers star Rachael Taylor as Abby, “the youngest and sassiest of the Angels, the beautiful and privileged daughter of a notorious Wall Street crook who is an expert con artist herself, as well as a Krav Maga expert.” Of course, what daughter of privilege is not skilled in the ways of the long grift and Israeli combat techniques? Kelly and Taylor round out a team that includes the previously cast Annie Ilonzeh, a former General Hospital star who will play Kate, “a very smart and very athletic ex-cop and a master of martial arts”—naturally—who, although being the “serious” one, “also knows how to let her hair down and have a great time.” Unfortunately there are only three Angels, so there was no room for a quiet, bookish type who’s also a multilingual master of disguise, a student of Monkey Kung Fu, a reincarnated 19th-century charwoman, and always getting pregnant. Maybe when Minka Kelly leaves?

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