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Is this girl the new Darna in the 2016 movie remake?

by Nikko Tuazon
Jan 13, 2016

If you watched All You Need Is Pag-ibig or Beauty and the Bestie during the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival, you would have probably seen the teaser trailer of Darna.

For the past few months, several names have been attached to the Pinoy superheroine of the movie to be produced by Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment.

The movie's director Erik Matti recently posted an un-captioned photo on Instagram that spread like wildfire among Darna's fans.

Netizens speculated this is the actress who will play Darna in the movie teaser. Some fans even compared the Kapamilya Network's leading actresses.

A photo posted by erikmatti (@erikmatti) on

Here are our top 4 guesses:

1. Angel Locsin

Angel Locsin remains one of the favorite actresses to reprise the role of Darna. She first took on the role for GMA-7's television remake in 2005.

However, a statement from ABS-CBN and Star Cinema indicated that Angel will no longer push through with the project because she developed a disc bulge in her spine. In fact, the actress underwent back surgery in Singapore last December 4.

In a January 13 article by showbiz writer Reggee Bonoan published on Balita, she cited an ABS-CBN source who said that Angel will still play Darna in the movie.


Read: Angel Locsin will no longer star in Darna movie

(Photo by Erik Matti and Angel Locsin on Instagram)

But then, Angel did this very "Darna pose." Is this a sign that she will still play the Pinoy superheroine?


A photo posted by Angel Locsin (@therealangellocsin) on

2. Jessy Mendiola

Jessy Mendiola is another Kapamilya actress rumored to play Darna in the movie. Instagram photos of her wearing a two-piece bikini fueled speculations that she might playing the part but Jessy immediate denied that she will replace Angel Locsin as the new Darna.


Read: Jessy Mendiola denies she is the new Darna

(Photo by Erik Matti and Jessy Mendiola on Instagram)

Here's the photo Jessy posted on Instagram that prompted people to think that she will play Darna in the new movie:

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A photo posted by Jessy Mendiola (@senorita_jessy) on

3. Mary Jean "MJ" Lastimosa

Surprisingly, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa is also on the list. There are those who speculated that she played Darna in the teaser shown during the MMFF period. Netizens commented on Erik Matti's Instagram post comparing MJ's chin and nose to the image he posted.


(Photo by Erik Matti and MJ Lastimosa on Instagram)

Do you think MJ Lastimosa has what it takes to make a good Darna?

Kapamilya Deal or No Deal lucky star � #19 #kdondph #kdondthereunion #kdondluckystars Dress : @jearsond

A photo posted by Mary Jean Lastimosa (@mj_lastimosa) on

4. Nadine Lustre

Some netizens who have seen the trailer also believe that Nadine Lustre will play the superheroine.

The On The Wings Of Love star talked to (Philippine Entertainment Portal) about this possibility in an interview last November.

The 22-year-old Viva talent said that she doesn't know yet if she will play the role.

However, Nadine admitted that she is open to playing Darna in the movie. "Of course, gusto ko siyempre. Darna yun, di ba? It's a privilege na maging Darna. But now, we're really focused with OTWOL, tapos MMFF pa, parang wala talagang time for anything."


(Photo from Erik Matti and Nadine Lustre on Instagram)

Would you like Nadine Lustre to play Darna in the movie remake?

Lady Lionhearted. Crochet bikini top from @holyswimph �#xpro1

A photo posted by Nadine Lustre (@nadzlustre) on

Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment have yet to make an official statement and reveal the actress playing Darna in the movie.


PEPsters, who do you think will play Darna in this movie remake?

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