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Two New Movies Are Lined Up For Box Office Queen Kathryn Bernardo

Ready to see Kathryn in edgier and more daring roles?

It’s been a while since we last saw Box Office Queen Kathryn Bernardo on the big screen. She last starred in a film back in 2019 via the record-breaking Hello, Love, Goodbye, which marked her first onscreen tandem with Alden Richards.

Fast forward to a two-year-long pandemic and a couple of series later (The House Arrest of Us and 2 Good 2 Be True), she is finally set to make a comeback in cinema. And the actress is thrilled to say that it’ll be truly one for the books.

ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. head Kriz Gazmen and Kathryn Bernardo
ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. head Kriz Gazmen and Kathryn Bernardo

Just right after celebrating her birthday on March 26, Kathryn gifted her fans with the announcement for her upcoming film lineup—one including a collaboration we didn’t know we needed! 

During her press conference, she admitted to being hands-on on the selection process of her projects, taking on more challenging and mature roles that they hope will be unforgettable. She is also proud that the whole thing has been an ongoing collaboration, and can’t wait for this powerful return.

Enter the first film under Star Cinema, slated for release later this year called A Very Good Girl. Helmed by director Petersen Vargas, he describes the movie as a “dark comedy with a lot of sass and class.” He adds how the project aims to “serve this frustrated and powerless generation through Kathryn's character.”

What’s more, the 27-year-old Kapamilya star will act alongside award-winning actress Dolly de Leon for this project. A Very Good Girl will be the two stars’ second time working with each other—with the first one back when Kathryn was still a child actress. “What an honor,” Kathryn shares. “And for sure marami akong matututunan sa kanya. I can’t wait to meet her again. I’m looking forward na makatrabaho siya ng mas matagal and mas makilala siya.”

In photo - from left: Petersen Vargas, Dom Mongcol, Kathryn Bernardo, Carmi Raymundo, and Daniel Saniana

But it doesn’t end there, as this talented actress will mark a first in her career for another forthcoming role. She will dip her toes in a different production under Black Sheep. Titled Elena 1944, Kathryn will once again work with director Olivia M. Lamasan, who also makes her comeback since directing Barcelona: A Love Untold about seven years ago.

Based on the Palanca award-winning screenplay by Patrick Valencia, the film is a historical action drama about a comfort woman who lived through the Japanese colonial period. It was originally pitched to Kathryn in 2019; however, the actress shares how, at the time, she wasn't ready for the role. “Sobrang ganda ng material. Kaso syempre nando’n ’yung takot,” she recalls. “But the universe made a way.”

In photo - from left: ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. head Kriz Gazmen, director Olivia M. Lamasan, Kathryn Bernardo, writer Patrick Valencia, and creative manager Vanessa Valdez

Kathryn Bernardo and Olivia M. Lamasan
Kathryn Bernardo and Olivia M. Lamasan

But now, the actress is more than ready to take her acting to the next level. “Na-e-excite ako kasi it’s another transition for Kathryn,” Olivia opens up. “When we did Barcelona, the challenge was to transition Kath from young teenage roles to more adult roles. Now, we’re here to push her limits as an actress to do edgier and more daring roles.”

Kathryn agrees, emphasizing on how the project is really close to her heart. “It’s something na pine-present ’yung pagkababae ko. And I love doing a project like that—representing women.”

We can’t wait to see Kathryn back on the big screen—and with such promising narratives, at that!

Lead photos by Mariel Abanes and background photo from Pexels