After Angel Locsin and Liza Soberano have backed out from portraying the Pinay superheroine, who will become the millennial Darna?
Former Darna director Erik Matti named Nadine Lustre as the actress whom he thinks is best suited to become the new Darna.
In October 2018, Direk Erik left the Darna project due to "creative differences" with ABS-CBN and Star Cinema. He was replaced by Jerrold Tarog a few days later.
In the April 10 article of Ricky Lo published in The Philippine Star, Direk Erik explained why he believes Liza would have done justice to the role of Darna.
“I really feel that Liza would have been a fresh and exciting Darna. She’s young and embodies a lot of potential to create a modern take for this classic superhero character."
Direk Erik then explained why he chose this ABS-CBN actress:
“I only see Nadine Lustre so far as someone who can be Darna. Very sultry. She has a lot of female sensuality and at the same time still looks tough and very Filipina.
"The key to casting Darna has always been someone who can look plain and ordinary in her Narda alter ego but can be tough, spunky and can be very sexy as well when she transforms to Darna. Nadine can look all of that.”
Last April 4, Liza backed out from doing Darna because of a finger injury that she sustained while doing the Kapamilya action series Bagani.
Angel Locsin backed out from the Darna movie in October 15, 2015 due to a disc bulge in her spine.