Meet Jane de Leon, The Up-And-Coming Actress Playing Superhero Darna
There's a new Darna in town, and she goes by the name of Jane de Leon.
ABS-CBN Films' managing director Olivia Lamasan confirmed the news earlier today, adding the insight that more than 300 actresses auditioned for the coveted role since Liza Soberano bowed out of the project in April due to a finger injury.
After entertaining Darna hopefuls from across the country—a pool of talents that included young stars and industry newbies alike—Darna execs unanimously agreed that it was Jane's instinctive take on acting that landed her the job, one that will most likely be her breakout role.
The 20-year-old has had projects in the past, but hasn't been cast as a leading lady.
Her most recent projects include roles in La Luna Sangre and Halik, as well as a part in It's Showtime girl group, Girltrends.
Considering that the upcoming Darna reboot will feature a younger Darna at the height of her coming of age, the film's execs were searching for an actress with a similar air of innocence yet one who possessed a latent strength of character ready to surface when the time is right—qualities that Jane projected, according to Olivia.
The announcement of Jane's involvement in the film comes hot on the heels of speculation about who will be playing Darna's nemesis, Valentina.
No other actors have been confirmed for the movie, Jane being the first.
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