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ABC is making up for lost time on its long-brewing Charlie’s Angels remake: Just a week after greenlighting the pilot for the revival of the hit ’70s series, the network has found its first Angel.
Deadline reports that General Hospital co-star Annie Ilonzeh will play Kate, a smart but serious ex-cop and martial arts master who’s one of three sexy private eyes — Abby and Marisa are the other two — employed by a mystery man in Miami. Smallville collaborators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are writing and producing the pilot. Gossip Girl‘s Mark Piznarski is reportedly being courted to direct.
Ilonzeh, 27, has appeared in episodes of Entourage, Melrose Place and How I Met Your Mother, and had a minor role in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
The original Charlie’s Angels aired on ABC from September 1976 to June 1981, becoming a runaway hit in its first three seasons before declining sharply in popularity for its final two. The series transformed the three original Angels, Farah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith, into superstars, and spawned a cottage industry of related merchandise, from dolls and posters to board games and novelizations. It also inspired the 2000 movie Charlie’s Angels and the 2003 sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
The TV remake is executive-produced Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen, producers of the big-screen revivals, and Leonard Goldberg, one of the producers of the original series.