Jean Garcia will bring life to a character initially portrayed by veteran actor Eddie Garcia.
Yes, you read that right.
This is just one of the deviations from the 1987 movie that GMA-7 will implement when it adapts Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa.
Cast members Julie Anne San Jose, LJ Reyes, and Benjamin Alves revealed this in an interview with GMANetwork.com.
According to LJ, it was a decision made by the original writer Gilda Olvidado, who also serves as one of the writers of GMA-7's remake.
“Siya rin yung nag-include ng [bagong] characters. Yung dati kasi, si Mr. Eddie Garcia daw yung nag-ampon sa aming dalawa [ni Julie Anne]. Ngayon, magiging si Ms. Jean Garcia.”
In the original movie, Eddie Garcia played Siony, the rich man who adopted Angeli (LJ) and later on, Santina (Julie Anne).
Benjamin also pointed that the 2016 version will reflect modern times.
He said, “I think they’re changing it a bit for TV.
“May mga characters po na dinagdag tapos yung profession po namin, mas up-to-date.
“Kumbaga po, bibigyan po namin ng ibang kulay yung napakagandang istorya.”
One of the new characters added to the story will be portrayed by Martin del Rosario. He is cast as Emman Estacio, a childhood friend of Santina.
It remains to be seen if the modern version will also show the iconic confrontation scene of the movie where Angeli pulled Santina into a swimming pool.
For this upcoming Kapuso series, LJ had her hair cut short for her role as Angeli.
She wrote in the caption, "I am so ready and excited to finally meet you Angeli! You are slowly coming into life!"
Last September 19, LJ and Benjamin had their first taping day for the upcoming afternoon series.
Benjamin posted on his Twitter account, "My first scene in
#PinulotKaLangSaLupa and I'm already fighting."
He also posted an Instagram story revealing that his character is named Ephraim while LJ's character is named Angeli.
No airing date has been announced yet for this afternoon series to be directed by Gina Alajar.