ABS-CBN Star Cinema managing director Malou Santos confirmed that Angel Locsin will no longer play as “Darna” in a movie due to health reasons.
On Monday, Santos said that the decision to cast out Locsin in the movie adaptation of the Filipino superheroine came after the latter suffer another back pains three weeks ago.
“Sobrang nalungkot kasi nung una, nung nalaman namin na mayroon siyang problema sa likod, sinabihan na namin siya na she cannot play Darna. But, because deep in our hearts na siya lang ang pwedeng maging Darna, we gave her the chance and she promised to do the therapy na magpapagaling siya para sa kanyang likod,” Santos said.
“Pero unfortunately, three weeks ago, nakaramdam na naman siya ng pain sa likod. So ito na ang pinaka-final verdict na she cannot play Darna kasi mas importante ang buhay niya kaysa sa pelikula na Darna. So ang iisipin ko na lang at least napatunayan niya ‘yung dedikasyon niya sa craft niya,” Santos added.
It can be recalled that the shooting for movie was temporarily withheld after Locsin, who will play the lead character, suffered spine problems.
Since the movie stunts entail physical strength from the actor, Star Cinema has decided to remove Locsin from the project because her health is their top priority.
Meanwhile, the Kapamilya network still assured the fans of Locsin that she is still one of the network’s biggest stars and they will still be seeing more of her in ABS-CBN.
In the official Facebook page of Star Cinema, it announced that Locsin will be starring in an upcoming movie alongside James Reid, a movie with Coco Martin, a teleserye and a special appearance with John Lloyd in “La Luna Sangre”.
Who will play Darna?
Since the news came out about Locsin’s back problems, speculations of her possible replacement were going rounds on social media.
Among the rumored actresses who may nab the role are Nadine Lustre, Julia Montes, Anne Curtis, even Marian Rivera, who also played Darna in a TV adaptation, and just recently Yassi Pressman.
Related: Is Yassi Pressman the next “Darna”?
Star Cinema, however, is yet to release official statement on who will play as the “new Darna”.