Four GMA-7 actresses will star in the remake of Temptation Island, the 1980 comedy directed by the late Joey Gosiengfiao.
Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe and Solenn Heusaff will play the roles of the beauty pageant contestants who are stranded on an island and begin hallucinating about food and other absurd objects.
Marian will reprise the role of a con artist originally portrayed by Azenith Briones while Solenn will portray the social climber originally played by Bambi Arambulo.
According to a PEP source, Heart was uncomfortable about doing a scene in the movie so she switched roles with Lovi Poe. The source also disclosed that Lovi did not mind exchanging roles with Heart because they are friends.
As a result, Lovi will now portray the role of a socialite originally played by Jennifer Cortez while Heart reprises the role of a college student originally played by Dina Bonnevie.
Rufa Mae Quinto will reprise the role of Deborah Sun, the maid of Jennifer Cortez in the original film. Peachy (Rufa Mae's nickname) will be seen as the maid of Lovi's character in the 2011 remake. John "Sweet" Lapus is also part of the film as the gay pageant coordinator.
The stars will begin shooting in Ilocos Norte by mid-April.
Aljur Abrenica, Paulo Avelino, and Tom Rodriguez are also cast in Temptation Island as the leading men.
Regal Films and GMA Films, the producers of the remake, are still looking for another male actor who will serve as the second love interest of Marian in the film.
Chris Martinez will direct the remake of the movie Temptation Island. He also helmed the play Temptation Island: Live that was staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2003. Direk Chris also megged the comedy film Here Comes The Bride (2010) and "Gunaw" episode of My Valentine Girls (2011) starring Eugene Domingo and Richard Gutierrez.