In an exclusive interview, Director Mae Cruz-Alviar shared updates about “Four Sisters Before the Wedding” — the much-awaited prequel to the iconic Cathy Garcia-Molina 2013 film, “Four Sisters and a Wedding.”
Filming for the prequel began early in October. According to Direk Mae, it will be set in 2003, during a time when the Salazars were still living together in one house. We will get to not only see a younger version of their mom Grace, played brilliantly by Coney Reyes in the 2013 original, but also meet their father when he was still alive.
The film is a huge undertaking, since “Four Sisters and a Wedding” is beloved by most of the Filipino public and is considered a “modern classic.” Direk Mae was offered to lead it by none other than Star Cinema Managing Director Olivia "Inang" Lamasan.
She recalled, “Nakakatawa nga kasi noong mga early months of the pandemic...I wasn’t really too keen on working yet. Pero with what happened to ABS-CBN, I felt ‘yung sobrang pagmamahal sa kumpanya na when they called me and asked if I could do a project, ‘di ko na inisip o hindi ko na tinanong. Basta nung sinabi lang ni Inang, [nag-] go, go, go.’ [na ako]. Anything for ABS-CBN. Parang I want to help, however way I can, if it means creating new content for the company, then go.”
She continued, laughing, “Noong na-realize ko na kung ano ‘yung pinasok ko, doon na ako kinabahan.”
“Siyempre nakakakaba kasi my gosh, ‘Four Sisters,’ hanggang ngayon mini-meme pa rin ‘yan. It’s like having an ate na sobrang achiever, tapos ikaw ‘yung susunod, kaya parang biglang ‘paano to?’”
But after reading the script, Direk Mae said she grew confident in the film’s unique “flavor” and “charm.”
“Talagang kudos to the creative team led by Vanessa Valdez. Natuwa naman ako and nagka-charm siya ng sarili niya. And it’s different from the original. Meron siyang flavor na sarili and merong ibang kwento pero alam mong sila ‘yun, and ‘yun ‘yung gusto ko about it," she said. "Kumbaga ‘yung pressure, ‘yun na lang ‘yung ginamit to drive me to make it our own, to make it beautiful, and for it to stand on its own para magkaroon siya ng sarili niyang identity.”
The younger version of the sisters Teddie, Bobbie, Alex, and Gabbie will be portrayed by Charlie Dizon, Alexa Ilacad, Gillian Vicencio, and Belle Mariano, respectively. They will follow the well-loved performances of the original cast which consisted of Kapamilya actresses Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, and Shaina Magdayao.
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