After a long wait, we finally have our new Darna!
Just yesterday, July 17, Jane de Leon was announced as the next lucky actress who will take on the iconic superhero role in a reboot helmed by film director Jerrold Tarog.
The young actress was chosen from hundreds and hundreds who auditioned.
According to Star Cinema Managing Director Olivia M. Lamasan, she saw something special in Jane.
She explained, “May nakikita kami sa kanya, which Direk Jerrold also said, 'there's something about her.' He had called twice and sabi niya, 'malakas ang instinct noong bata. ‘Yung ‘Darna’ story natin ngayon is a genesis story, a coming of age. Ang requirement talaga is somebody na young and with an air of innocence but at the same time a strength of character—and Jane de Leon fits that to a tee.”
Direk Jerrold couldn’t be happier about the choice. He said, “[I’m] glad it’s finally out. The [executives] wanted a new face for a Darna, and I was all for it. The shortlist was a good mix but ultimately, it was about who could carry the role. Jane de Leon was a unanimous choice.”
Meanwhile, Star Magic Chairman Emeritus Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan, supported Jane throughout the audition process. He expressed how happy and proud he is for the young actress.
He enthused, “We couldn’t be prouder that the next actress to breathe life to this iconic heroine is coming from our fold. Her quiet confidence and mastery in her performances have always led me to believe that she will go a long way. I’m happy that she will be able to showcase her skills to a wider audience.”
Star Cinema Executive Adviser Malou N. Santos shared that Jane’s values reflected those needed for the role, citing that “aside from her looks and acting potential, her passion and enthusiasm was a big clincher for her getting the project.”
“I think she is the perfect fit for the kind of Darna we want to reintroduce to this generation,” she added.
ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer and University President Charo Santos-Concio congratulated Jane, advising her to be humble and to “stay grounded” as she takes on the skies as the next Darna.
We can’t wait to see you fly high, Jane!
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