Sharon Cuneta is already gearing up for her upcoming Hollywood project, the film adaptation of Marivi Soliven’s 2013 novel "The Mango Bride," which she will star in and executive produce.
In a report by PUSH published yesterday, May 18, the Megastar shared some details about the Hollywood project, which include big names from different industries.
“Our main executive producers are Singapore-based," Sharon revealed. "They’ve produced some Hollywood movies already [although] I have yet to meet them in person. And then my other co-executive producer is actually my manager who has been producing movies in Hollywood for 20 years already."
According to Sharon, they're already in the process of building their cast, which will mainly comprise Filipino actors.
“This is a Palanca award-winning novel that I read a long time ago and I’m re-reading now because it’s different when you know which character you’re playing. So we’re trying to make a nice cast. It’s teamwork every time we make a movie so everyone has to be good in their role," she said.
For those who haven't read the novel, "The Mango Bride" revolves around two Filipino women who decided to migrate to California where their lives intertwine. With this, Sharon explained why it's vital to have an all-Filipino cast in the film.
"[The movie] will touch on the immigrant experience and domestic violence and just how Filipinos struggle also in America. And from the point of view of someone who’s lived it with some dramatic elements na hindi naman niya na-experience pero nakita niya. So it was so important to us to put together a buong Filipino talaga na team. So mga 95% Pinoy, kung hindi Fil-Am, Pinoy,” she explained.
Sharon also believes this Hollywood film is the "best project" to show the world that features the story of Filipinos.
“For me, it was the best project to present to a global audience about and made by Filipinos. Kasi delayed na tayo. Lahat tayo nag-e-English dito, 'di ba? Magaling tayo. We’re like India, we’re the only ones who speak English," Sharon proudly said.
“Parang we knew it was really important na 'yung movie has 'yung identity ng Pinoy. Hindi ‘yung sasali ka lang sa Hollywood movie. We wanted it to be made by and starring Pinoys with Pinoy stories," she added before revealing that she'll start filming at the end of the year.
Prior to making her Hollywood debut, Sharon topbilled a number of iconic Star Cinema films including "Madrasta," "Caregiver," and "Minsan, Minahal Kita," among others.
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