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The Search for the Next Darna is On!

Liza Soberano as Darna. --- Photo courtesy of youtube.com
Reprising the role of a very iconic Filipina superhero like Darna has put great pressure on the producers and directors on who will fill the starring role. There are many “ifs” and “buts” regarding “Who’s Who” among the current crop of film, tv and stage actresses that will perfectly fit the image and personality of Darna (and of course including her sidekick Ding).

Celebrated actress Liza Soberano seemed the perfect choice for the role; however, she was forced to back out from Darna after incurring a serious finger injury while shooting a current project “Bagani.” Liza expressed her sentiments and apology for disappointing countless fans who eagerly await for her to accept the starring role. Amidst disappointments and criticisms, she politely declined the role with a heavy heart owing to the extent of finger injury she sustained.

After the announcement of Liza's back-out from the role, ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema who currently hold the rights for Darna, is hard-pressed to choose the actress who will perfectly fit the role. Even Netizens and the countless viewing public who want to see the Filipina super heroine back in the big screen shared their thoughts on who and how to pick the right one.

Some went back to the successful previous renditions of Darna, and suggested that multi-awarded actresses Angel Locsin or Marian Rivera should reprise the role. Many are also clamouring for Kathryn Bernardo as she made the highest grossing Filipino film of all time “The Hows of Us.” Kathryn, even though humbled that many are pushing for her to take the role, politely declined saying the role is tailored-fit for someone who is much “older” than herself owing to the great responsibilities of being “Darna.”

Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera as Darna.-- Photo courtesy of youtube.com
Broadway diva and accomplished singer Lea Salonga also expressed her thoughts on whom she wants to see as the next Darna. Without naming names, she posted her reply on her Twitter account:

“So, what would I love to see as Darna? Someone morena or kayumanggi to represent the darker skinned Pinays to let them know they are powerful and beautiful exactly as they are. I’d also love for her to be a relative unknown. Let the story sell the film. That is all.

Incidentally an actor from rival network GMA, Jerald Napoles, stressed the importance of having an audition for the said iconic role of Darna, and that GMA Network actresses like Sanya Lopez should also be given the chance for the role --- and not just focus on picking amongst the ABS-CBN Stars.

Although many Netizens bashed Napoles on Twitter on the grounds that ABS-CBN holds the rights to the Darna project, it is also true that a “fair audition” and “careful selection” of the actress who should portray Darna should be chosen wisely.

Recently, the names of actresses Iza Calzado and Sarah Lahbati emerged as one of the possible choices for Darna; with Pia Wurtzbach also rumored to reprise the role of arch enemy Valentina.

So who do you think is the perfect choice for the role of Darna 2020?

Let’s just wait and see.

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