'Charlie's Angels' scoop: Robert Wagner speaks about playing Charlie in ABC's planned reboot

Robert-WagnerImage Credit: John M. Heller/Getty ImagesVeteran actor Robert Wagner confirms to EW that he’ll be replacing the late John Forsythe as the voice of Charlie in ABC’s planned reboot of Charlie’s Angels. The 80-year-old star says he was approached by original series’ exec producer Leonard Goldberg and quickly signed on for the gig, which will be set in Miami. Will he speak to the new still-to-be-cast Angels via speakerphone as Forsythe did? “I would imagine it will probably be quite different because the technology is quite different. I would imagine it would be on cell phones wherever these gals are,” says Wagner, who hasn’t seen any scripts yet. “I could be tweeting them, I could be doing a lot of things with them, you know.”

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  • Tracy Murray

    While I am excited of a Charlie’s Angels TV reboot , I am concern about the role of Charlie Townsend because I wonder if the character is still alive since he is most likely be way over eighty , plus nobody can really replace John Forsythe , he made that role his own . I can see Robert Wagner playing another Charlie , maybe Townsend Jr. , a nephew who was named after his uncle , or a previously unknown secret co-owner of the detective agency whose name happens to be Charlie , other than that , I would prefer somebody different calling the angels to switch things up a bit ,like a woman’s voice ,same age group as Forsythe when he was on the show .

  • Ryan

    I think this is going to be a reboot of the franchise, not sequels like the movies were. Honestly, I really don’t care though. The thing that I find odd though is they are going with an 80 year old. Yeah people are living longer yada yada, and I’m not saying don’t cast him in anything, but what if years from now he dies and you need Charlie? For example, if David McCallum were to pass right now it would HEARTBREAKING, and devastating, but NCIS could slowly move forward. You can’t have CA without a Charlie

    • Flip

      I hope not. I want the new series to follow the continuity of the show and movies. Drew is a producer, maybe she could cameo as Dylan?

  • JJ

    Well this is a good start. A classic tv actor with a good voice. I just hope they keep going in this direction and do NOT go back to the misfire concept of having a comedian play Bosley. Bill Murray and Bernie Mac were just awkward in their roles as audiences squirmed at one failed joke after another. Bosley is the straight man, the guy who’s just THERE, he’s not funny, he’s not tough, he’s unassuming and that’s why David Doyle worked. He wasn’t trying take a tv detective show down another path. Drew Barrymore needs to rewatch the movie sequel and see how much they got wrong making it a screwball action comedy to help this show succeed.

    • Marty

      I was thinking Mura Tierny in the Bosley role..
      Eliza Dushku, Summer Glua and someone even suggested Tayler Swift.. Why not?

  • Whattaboutthis

    Charlie could be the 21 yr old grandson of the original. He suffers from agoraphobia. He is filthy rich and lives in a wickedly pimped out palatial mansion . Besides his entrusted Man servant/body guard/ Charlie comes in contact with very few. The Angels never see him… He is just a voice. We the viewers learn of his life, who he is now and who he was before the agoraphobia through his therapy sessions which also take place via technology… No face time for this kid! This story line could be as compelling as the cases .

  • Ken

    no one could ever replace kate, farrah, and jaclyn… the new women will probably be skanky.

    • LAJackie

      I thought Cheryl Ladd did a pretty good job replacing Farrah. I’m just saying ……

      • scott

        I tottally agree, although farrah was and is my all time fave. Cheryl was great and is my second fave. She is totally overlooked for her contribution to the show.

  • Matt2

    I do like the choice of Robert Wagner as the voice of Charlie. I’m surprised they came up with such a good decision. I still understand the age argument against him. I’m just waiting on them to screw it up by announcing Rachel Maddow, Ellen Degeneres, and Christina Ricci as the new angels.

  • JC

    I have to say that I agree that while no one can replace Forsythe, Wagner is a pretty good choice to fill the role. He has the type of voice presence that the Charlie character requires. I am really really interested to see who they pick as the new Angels. I loved the original show and am very excited to see this reboot, nervous but excited. I hope they cast them soon! Wonder who is going to play Bosley?

  • Bill Shakes

    Didn’t Robert Wagner own a piece of the original series?…

    • Ps

      Yes, 50%, and then he sued for profits from the movie and lost the suit. Guess he and Goldberg patched things up.

  • Jacob

    lmao @ken….i agree!

  • Summer Bay

    Correct Bill he actually filed a law suit against the Barrymore movies & trust me, this is their way of shutting him up.

  • Riff

    Good Move

  • dennis

    They need to cast unknowns as the Angels, mid to late 20’s, early 30’s. No “Big names” that bring extra baggage to the project. The 3 girls need to have great chemistry and be unique. They also need to do each episode as a “stand alone” episode. No story line arch you have to follow or you will lose the casual viewers. Also, no boyfriends, husbands, relationships, etc. The show should focus on the relationship between the girls. Remake some of the classic episodes with a new twist.
    I’m excited for this to come back, but i truly hope they don’t piss all over it.
    And the gun thing? C’mon, give ‘em guns! How else are they gonna be able to scream “Freeze!”.?

    • Chloe

      well said


    There are NO more original ideas in Hollywood.RIPPING-OFF the past for tv and movies is SOOO SICKENING ALREADY!!!

  • Earl

    Odds are this will end up like Love Boat: The Next Wave, the recent Bionic Woman, that Malcolm McDowall version of Fantasy Island…

  • fernando

    We want Katie Cassidy to be on the show please cast Katie Cassidy, I also would love to see Lindsay Price she coul really play Lucy Lou part very well from the movies.

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