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Jerrold Tarog says execs wanted a 'new face' for Darna

Jerrold Tarog says execs wanted a 'new face' for Darna

MANILA, Philippines — Jerrold Tarog, the director of the anticipated movie Darna, bared Thursday that ABS-CBN executives wanted a “new face” to portray the iconic Filipina superhero.

“Glad it’s finally out. The execs wanted a new face for Darna & I was all for it,” Tarog wrote in a Twitter post.

On Wednesday, actress Jane de Leon was announced as the new Darna by ABS-CBN’s film production arm Star Cinema.

Tarog said they opened the auditions for the role to everyone — from newbies to celebrities, from mestiza, chinita to morena.

“Thus, open auditions—newbies, celebs, chinita, mestiza, morena, etc basta. The short list was a good mix but ultimately it was about who could carry the role,” he said.

“@Imjanedeleon was a unanimous choice,” he added.

Star Cinema announced last May it would hold public auditions for the role after Liza Soberano withdrew from the project.

Soberano exited from the movie because of a finger injury she sustained during the shoot of her drama series “Bagani.”

Meanwhile, Tarog was tapped as the project’s new director after Erik Matti stepped down citing “creative differences” with Star Cinema. /jpv