Two of Lucy Liu’s most popular films are 2000’s “Charlie’s Angels” and 2003’s “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” in which she starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore as the titular trio. But Liu revealed at the Variety Studio presented by Audible that it’s unlikely a third chapter will ever happen — despite Diaz’s recent return to acting after a long hiatus.
“I honestly don’t know how that’s going to be feasible,” she said. “There have been so many iterations, even after the fact … In some ways, it’s such a strange thing to think about it. Times have changed so much since then.
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“At that time, when we were doing publicity, they had never before had three women on a magazine cover,” she continued. “They didn’t even know how to do it. It was such a strange thing for women to collaborate and be seen as colleagues and friends. It was such a big moment in time, and now it’s shifted. Even when I was doing ‘Ally McBeal,’ there had never been a lead woman in that way. There was Mary Tyler Moore and things like that, but the focus has changed. I’m not in charge of that, but I always enjoy the time that I have and then I move on. I never really dwell on anything like that. But I really would be shocked if that happened.”
At the moment, Liu is focused on promoting the Sundance debut of Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Presence,” in which she stars alongside Julia Fox, Chris Sullivan, Callina Lang, Eddy Maday and West Mulholland. The mysterious film — which is so under wraps that the cast hasn’t even seen it yet — has a spooky premise: “A family moves into a suburban house and becomes convinced they’re not alone,” reads the film’s Sundance logline.
Liu said Soderbergh’s body of work drew her to the project.
“When Steven Soderbergh calls you and says he wants to have a meeting, you show up,” she said. “He talked me through the script and it sounded so fascinating. It really wasn’t rocket science for me to sign on, even though I really didn’t know much about it. I hadn’t read the script yet, I hadn’t met the cast. It was the very, very beginning of what was going to become ‘Presence.’ And he works in such a specific manner that it made it really exciting, because it’s something I’ve never done before.”
Watch Liu speak about the future of “Charlie’s Angels” below.
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