May 30, 2017

Guessing Game is Over! Liza Soberano is Darna in Star Cinema's MMFF 2017 Movie Entry

5/30/2017 09:01:00 PM

It's out and official!

Star Cinema have announced that Liza Soberano is the unanimous pick to play the newest incarnation of Pinay superheroine Darna - in an upcoming film adaptation to be helmed by Erik Matti.

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe on TV Patrol, the 19 year-old Kapamilya actress said: "Yes, it is confirmed. Tinatanggap ko na ang role na Darna."

She succeeds Marian Rivera, who was the last to portray the Mars Ravelo character onscreen. The Kapuso actress was 24 when she first donned famous fire red costume in 2009, and the choice of Liza seems to suggest that the newest version will now be a tad younger. 

Angel Locsin, who played Darna in 2005, was first tapped by Matti to star in his film but a back injury forced the actress out of the project. Angel has since called her fans to support whoever will replace her. "I now entrust the reins to the next lucky lady who will have the time of her life portraying the role," she said. 

Since Darna made her komiks debut in 1950, the well-loved character has been played by several actresses on TV and in films, including a young Vilma Santos in the 1970s.

In the original lore, Darna is a warrior from Planet Marte who manifests herself in a village girl from Earth named Narda. 

In order to transform into the heroine and defend humans from evil forces, Narda swallows a tiny meteorite and shouts "Darna!" - a small scene which has since been embedded in local pop culture.

In his previous interview with DZMM, Matti agreed that Liza has the built to successfully do the role justice. 

She has the strength physically, 'yung itsura at katawan. And then tama 'yung edad and you can do a lot of things sa mukha niya. Puwede siya mag-iba-iba ng itsura and she could still look really good. At the same time, Pinay siya na maganda, pan-Asian. Mahirap 'yung mestiza eh,” he said. 

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