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With Liza’s exit, who is fit to play the ‘Darna’ role? 

Nadine Lustre, Angel Locsin, and Pia Wurtzbach were the names that came up from Cebu-based actors.

Cebu City, Philippines — With the news of the withdrawal of Liza Soberano from the movie project “Darna,” the question most are asking now is who will next portray this Filipina superhero?

Cebu Daily News Digital sought comments from award-winning Cebu based actors on who they think can take on the role after Soberano backed out the role due to medical reasons. 

Read more: Liza Soberano withdraws from ‘Darna’

For International Film Festival 2017 Best Actor awardee Albert Chan Paran, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach fits for the role.

“She comes to mind when I read the news last night. She has the power boobs like the past Darna star Anjanette Abayari,” he said. 

Just like Wurtzbach, Abayari was a beauty queen who won the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title in 1991.

Abayari then headlined “Darna! Ang Pagbabalik” in 1994 with Edu Manzano and Cherie Gil. 

“She (Wurtzbach) has conquered the Universe and gave honor to the Philippines after the four-decade drought. It is the pride of the Philippines to be the first Filipino to be immortalized by Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. She is physically fit in perfect form,” Paran said.

Before Soberano, the role was first offered to Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin, but she also backed out in 2017 because of health issues. 

But with Soberano’s withdrawal from the main character, Sinulog Short Film Festival 2019 Best Actress Myrgen Santillan hopes that Locsin will reconsider the project.

“She (Locsin) is really capable with the role and she has the background with that kind of project,” Santillan said.

In 2005, Locsin topbilled GMA series, “Mars Ravelo’s Darna” together with Alessandra de Rossi and Dennis Trillo.

Santillan said that Locsin has always been her personal choice and favorite actress. 

“I love the way she projects and internalized. Unya maayo man gyud siya sa action nga genre,” she said. (And she’s really good in the action genre.) 

For 4th Sinegugma Cebuano Film Festival 2018 Best Actor Dan Sy Lopez, Nadine Lustre is a perfect choice for the role. 

“She has the characters as an actress to play Darna,” he said.

He cited Lustre’s Filipina beauty and her fit and sexy body. 

“Right now, I think, perfect na siya for the role. Iyang attitude is same with Darna, strong sila’g personality,” he said. 

(Right now, I think she is perfect for the role. She is the same with Darna who has a strong personality.) 

Darna is a fictional character created by 

writer Mars Ravelo and illustrator Nestor Redondo in the 1950s. /bmjo

TAGS: Angel Locsin, Liza Soberano, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Next Darna
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