Gerald Anderson will soon topbill Budoy, ABS-CBN's "advocacy-serye" about mentally-challenged people.
The actor is reportedly studying the character of Tom Hanks in the movie Forrest Gump
(1994) to serve as his peg for this project.
"I am at a loss for words. Overwhelmed ako sa kuwento, sa casting. Mayroon pa akong bagong leading lady. Kasama ko sina Ms. Zsa Zsa [Padilla], Mylene [Dizon]. Sobrang excited kaming mag-start," Gerald told ABS-CBN News in an interview recently.
Janice de Belen, who recently signed up with the Kapamilya Network, is also said to be part of this project.
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Gerald hopes that kids would learn important values from Budoy
, especially the importance of education.
He will be paired with Jessy Mendiola in this upcoming teleserye. He says about his new leading lady: "Sobra siyang beautiful. Excited akong makatrabaho siya kahit magkasama na kami sa isa pang soap (referring to Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo
Jessy was quoted as saying: "Hindi lang balik prime time ako, pero sobrang bigatin pa. Mga beteranong aktor at sikat [ang co-stars ko]. Sana magustuhan ng mga tao ang tambalan namin ni Gerald at mabigyan namin ng justice ang bawat character."
She also added: "'Yong role ko mas mature. Hindi siya sultry or seductive pero mas mature in a way sa pag-iisip at pagsasalita. Pati 'yong soap 'di naman nagfo-focus sa love team kundi more on family."