After the official announcement of Liza Soberano as the new Darna, fans are now anticipating the reveal of the new Valentina, the Pinay superhero's arch-nemesis.
With Erik Matti helming the upcoming film adaptation of the Mars Ravelo comic, Kapamilya stars Anne Curtis and Sarah Lahbati have been rumored to play the half-serpent half-human supervillain.
Both actresses are set to appear in Erik Matti films; Sarah plays opposite Shy Carlos in the upcoming horror thriller Ang Pagsanib kay Leah Dela Cruz, while Anne takes on her first action thriller in Buy Bust.
Anne debunked the Valentina rumors in a recent interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) saying, "As far as I know, hindi."
Regardless, Darna fans had been rallying for the It's Showtime host to take on the part.
#Darna Si @annecurtissmith bilang VALENTINA. "If the rumor is true, then Anne will be following the footsteps of Pilar Pilapil, Pilita Corales and @macherieamour who have played the coveted role in different “Darna” movie versions." LIONHEARTV @erikmatti#artph #marsravelo #art #digitalart #annecurtis #conceptart #fanart #fashion #LizaSoberano
At a trade launch event last June 15 at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City, PEP.ph asked Liza whether she was open to work opposite Anne or Sarah in Darna and the 19-year-old actress said, " Oh! I love Ate Anne! I would love to work with Ate Anne!"
But she quickly pointed out that she has no clue as to who are co-stars in the film, "Yeah, but of course, it all depends on who they want to portray as Valentina.
" I actually don't have any idea on who will be with me in the movie, so far.
"I can't think of anyone actually at the top of my mind to play Valentina, because wala e. I don't know who could possibly do it.
"I don't know talaga."
ENRIQUE GIL IN DARNA? With Liza taking on her first solo project in Darna, the Star Magic talent assured that her LizQuen love team with Enrique Gil remains intact.
She told reporters, "Just like what he did before. He did Dukot, but we were still in a love team together.
"Parang, same thing with this. I'm doing Darna, but we also have a project aside from this."
Would Liza welcome a cameo from Enrique in the film?
"I would love that! I think it would make a lot of people happy if he was in the movie."