Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman has a good Hollywood exclusive this morning. Robert Wagner, suave star of many delightful film and TV classics as well as a recent author, has been hired to voice the part of Charlie in a new TV version of Charlie’s Angels.
As Friedman notes, there’s a very good reason why Wagner might be involved:
Wagner’s participation in the new Charlie’s is no coincidence. In the real world, Wagner and the late Natalie Wood owned 50% of the original TV series through a deal with Spelling-Goldberg TV. A couple of years ago, Wagner sued over rights to the movies, too, but lost on appeal. It’s presumed his first deal, for the TV series, still stands.
According to Friedman’s sources, no one has yet been cast in the show besides Wagner in a role voiced on the original 1976-1981 version by the late John Forsythe. Translation? Every agent and manager in Hollywood is still busy putting together submissions as to why their client(s) could make a perfect crime-fighting vixen.