Marian Rivera will portray Ynang Reyna in GMA-7's 2016 remake of Encantadia.
The Kapuso Primetime Queen takes over the role previously played by Dawn Zulueta.
This was reported by PEP's Arniel Serato through PEP Alerts earlier today, February 16.
The only other confirmed cast members are Klea Pineda and Migo Adecer because it is part of their prize when they were named as the Ultimate Male and Female winners in StarStruck 6.
There has been a lot of speculation regarding the new batch of Sang'gres who will bring life once again to the diwatas in this fantasy series.
The 2005 telefantasya revolved around four sisters called Sang'gres (diwata royalty).
Pirena (Sunshine Dizon), Amihan (Iza Calzado), Alena (Karylle) and Danaya (Diana Zubiri) each guarded a gem from the four kingdoms of Encantadia.
Pirena represented fire; Amihan represented air; Alena manipulated water; while Danaya was in charge of the earth element.
A photo recently became viral since it reportedly showed the cast members of Encantadia 2016.
The picture from the Instagram account of imlottee showed Glaiza de Castro, Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, Rocco Nacino, and Ruru Madrid and newbie actress Sanya Lopez all together in one photo.
Fans have speculated that Glaiza could play Pirena, Kylie would be cast as Amihan, Gabbi will be Alena while Sanya will portray Danaya.
This is because the girls wore gowns that matched the colors of the gemstones of Encantadia.
In addition, the SEEN SCENE column of Pilipino Star Ngayon also reported that there have been negative reactions about the stars chosen for this iconic telefantasya.
The report indicated: "Sina Glaiza de Castro, Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, Rocco Nacino at Ruru Madrid ang mga bida sa remake ng hit telefantasya ng GMA 7."
Encantadia headwriter Suzette Doctolero appealed for fans to give the new cast members a chance to prove themselves.
She posted in her Twitter account (abbreviations have been spelled out for clarity):
"Dear Encatadiks, alam ko kung gaano nyo minahal ang mga sanggre.
"For most, they're your childhood heroes so I understand why may takot sa casting now. And I'm sure sino man ang mga makacast now, may takot at kaba din sila knowing they'll be compared sa original.
"Enca has defined your childhood 11 yrs ago, so please, let me and the staff, my director and the new cast redefine another generation's childhood.
"Casting wise, may tulong pag kilala mga artista. Pero don't you think maganda ring maging launching vehicle ito for other talents if ever baguhan man ang makuha?
"For me, it doesn't matter ke sikat o not. Ang importante, magawa nilang buhayin ang mga character na minahal ng lahat.
"So sinuman sila, give them a chance to shine. Ke mapatayo o hindi, Encantadia will still be Encantadia sa puso ng lahat na nagmahal dito. Yun lang yun."
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