Who among Nadine Lustre, Liza Soberano, and Jessy Mendiola is the fittest to play Darna? Direk Erik Matti gives his insights.
Director Erik Matti shared his insights about Jessy Mendiola, Liza Soberano, and Nadine Lustre playing Darna. His answer is clear.Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Erik Matti, who will be directing the remake of Darna under Star Cinema, said in an interview with DZMM on January 16 that management is still looking for a replacement for Angel Locsin as the Philippine heroine. Angel had to back out of the project due to her health.
Director Erik said that he suggested that management hold auditions for the role since it would require intensive physical preparations.
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“Gusto ko makita kung kakayanin ng artista. Kasi ang hirap na ngayon mag-double. Dati, mga five years ago, puwede pa mag-double sa eksena. Pero ngayon mahirap na with all the Hollywood films that come out where all the actors really prepare for the role. Gusto namin mag-audition,” he said.
“Ang burden nitong Darna na latest is over the past five years, na-bombard na tayo ng Marvel. Mahirap siya execution-wise na kung paano lang din yung dati,” he added.
Ever since the short teaser for Darna was released during the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) when films All You Need Is Pag-ibig and Beauty and the Bestie were shown, people began speculating that Liza Soberano, Nadine Lustre or Jessy Mendiola could be the next Darna.
Matti shared his insights on the three actresses.
“Si Liza (Soberano), yes puwede. She has the strength physically, 'yung itsura at katawan. And then tama 'yung edad and you can do a lot of things sa mukha niya. Puwede siya mag-iba-iba ng itsura and she could still look really good. At the same time, Pinay siya na maganda, pan-Asian. Mahirap 'yung mestiza eh,” he shared.
For Nadine, he said, “Okay din naman si Nadine. Hindi ko pa siya nakikita personal. Hindi ko pa nakikita kung gaano siya katangkad ngayon. Kasi I’ve done two commercials with her a year ago. Hindi ko lang alam kung ang height niya ay tama.”
“Si Jessy has the built. Maputi lang siya masyado. Personal ko ito na comment ha, hindi ito comment ng ABS-CBN. Maputi lang masyado si Jessy. Pinay dapat,” he commented.
In addition, he also commented on the idea of 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach portraying the role of Darna.
“Si Pia, alam niyo bagay na bagay si Pia pero in the history of Darna, hindi talaga umuubra 'yung beauty queen kasi kailangan mo talaga ng regular Pinay woman. Ordinaryo lang na character. Hindi siya kailangan vavavoom, hindi kailangan na stunning.”
ABS-CBN has not yet released an official date for Darna.