EXCLUSIVE: Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor are close to putting on angel wings. The Friday Night Lights alumna and the Transformers babe are in negotiations for the remaining two Angel spots in ABC’s Charlie’s Angels pilot. They would join previously cast Annie Ilonzeh to form the new trio of sexy female sleuths – Kelly, whose character will be renamed, Ilonzeh’s Kate and Taylor’s Abby.
Producing studio Sony Pictures TV and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films went through an exhaustive search for the 3 leads in the Charlie’s Angels series reboot. Kelly was a name the producers kept coming back to and they are now reworking the role to tailor it to her. In the current breakdown, the character, previously named Marisa, is described as a former U.S. Marine, a weapons expert trained in all forms of hand-to-head combat and a neat freak.
Taylor’s Abby is 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.
Kelly, repped by CAA and Management 360, has kept busy since leaving FNL 2 years ago. She has been recurring on NBC’s Parenthood, which is produced by the same company that produces FNL, Imagine TV. She next stars in Screen Gems’ The Roommate, which opens Feb. 4. Aussie actress-model Taylor is with WME.
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar penned the script for the Charlie’s Angels pilot and are executive producing with with Leonard Goldberg, executive producer of the original series, Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen.