For GMA-7 actress Katrina Halili, ABS-CBN star Nadine Lustre is the perfect actress to portray the Filipina superhero Darna on the big screen.
Katrina says Nadine has the qualifications fit for the part: “morena,” “sexy,” and “innocent yung mukha pero strong ang personality.”
“Parang naririnig ko gusto ng mga tao si Nadine, and parang for me, okay din naman talaga kasi Pinay and sexy and strong din siya, di ba?
"Strong din ang personality,” explains Katrina at the press conference of the upcoming movie KontrAdiksyon, held this Friday, June 14.
ABS-CBN, which now holds the franchise of the superheroine character created by Mars Ravelo, has yet to name the actress to take on the much-coveted role to be brought to the big screen.
As a matter of fact, the network even announced recently that they are holding an audition to choose the actress who will play the part.
Katrina, 33, had been part of the cast in the two earlier Darna TV adaptations that were aired on GMA-7 in the past years.
And in both versions, Katrina portrayed the main antagonist.
In the 2005 Darna, which was topbilled by Angel Locsin, Katrina portrayed Black Darna, the antithesis of the good-hearted superheroine.
Then in 2009, in another teleserye version which starred Marian Rivera, Katrina portrayed Serpina, a snake woman, who eventually turned out to be Valentina, Darna’s archnemesis.
Even Katrina admits that she feels excited to find out who the next Darna will be.
She admits, “Nakaka-excite kasi nakadalawang Darna ako sa GMA, e, so gagawin ulit siya on the big screen.
“So yun, nakaka-excite at nakakaintriga, kasi ilang beses nang napalitan yung Darna, di ba, dahil nga sa mga accidents.”
In May 2017, ABS-CBN announced that Liza Soberano was chosen to be the next Darna.
But this April, 2019, a tearful Liza announced that was withdrawing from the project because of an injury.
August 2018, while shooting for the now-defunct ABS-CBN teleserye Bagani, Liza injured her right index finger, which prevented her from her preparations for Darna.
Initially, Angel Locsin was tasked to reprise the role of the pop culture icon but announced in 2015 that she would not be fit to portray the character anymore because of her spinal injury.
Meanwhile, Katrina is back to doing action again in the movie KontrAdiksyon, which also stars Jake Cuenca, Kris Bernal, Ritz Azul, and many more.
Katrina is portraying a police officer and was required to do fight scenes.
For her role, Katrina says she had to make physical preparations and learn self defense, such as muay thai, aikido, and firing.
“Nagkapasa-pasa nung training. Pasain talaga ako, e, pero okay naman,” she assures.
KontrAdiksyon opens in cinemas on June 26.