Regine Velasquez's next teleserye on GMA-7 is the fantasy series Mulawin vs. Ravena where she is expected to play a crucial role.
Mulawin vs. Ravena is a sequel of the Kapuso Network's first telefantasya Mulawin (2005) starring Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin, and Dennis Trillo.
This was announced during an intimate lunch with GMA bosses held at the GMA Executive Lounge on January 16, 2017.
While Regine already appeared in several fantasy dramas, including Marian Rivera's Darna in 2009, Mulawin vs. Ravena is her first full-length telefantasya.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the GMA executives how they convinced Asia's Songbird to be part of this show.
Ms. Redgie Magno, Vice President for Drama, revealed that the creative team already had Regine in mind while they were conceptualizing the project.
She explained, "Noong nagbe-brainstorm ang creatives, parang naexcite sila dun sa idea for Regine to be part of the cast.
"So siyempre, sa fantasy, ang dami mo namang gawin, di ba? Pero nung dine-develop na nila, iniimagine na nila na si Regine yun kahit hindi pa namin talaga nao-offer.
"And then dumalaw si Regine, parang sinound-off ko sa kanya before we presented to her.
"Ang una niyang sinabi, 'Anong gagawin ko sa fantasy soap?'
"Sabi ko, 'Mae-excite ka, maganda. At saka para may panuorin si Nate!'"
Nate is the son of Regine with her husband Ogie Alcasid.
Ms. Redgie continued: "Tapos habang kinu-kuwento ko yung mga napag-usapan, briefly lang, di pa ganun ka-detailed, na-excite na siya.
"Sabi ko pa nga, 'Ayaw mo nun, isa lang ang costume mo, wala pa masyadong change costume!
"Sabi niya, 'Ay, ayoko! Gusto ko may change costume!'
"Naramdaman namin na medyo excited naman siya. Magse-schedule na kami ng presentation sa role talaga, pero briefly alam na niya and she's really excited about it. Maganda, maganda yung role ni Regine."
Asked to give more details about the character of Regine, program manager Miss Helen Sese disclosed, "Goddess, si Mother Nature. She turns into a bird tapos may powers. May power yung voice niya."
MULAWIN STARS. Just last week, Dennis Trillo confirmed that he will also be a part of this sequel in an interview with 24 Oras.
Aside from Dennis and Regine, Miguel Tanfelix is also part of the cast. In 2016, Miguel was able to reprise his Pagaspas character in the requel of Encantadia.
Miguel is paired with perennial onscreen partner Bianca Umali in Mulawin vs. Ravena.
Another pair that will also play important roles in the show is the love team of Bea Binene and Derrick Monasterio.
When asked why BiGuel and DerBea were chosen to lead the show, program manager Ms. Helen reasoned, "Kasi kailangan talaga ng dalawang strong love teams.
"Ito naman talaga yung strong love teams natin ngayon so it was a natural choice."
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Also part of the cast are Chynna Ortaleza, Dion Ignacio, Winwyn Marquez, Kiko Estrada, and Roi Vinzon.
Dominic Zapata and Don Michael Perez are set to direct the TV series.
Will original lead actor Richard Gutierrez return to GMA-7 to appear in the series?
VP for Entertainment Miss Lilybeth Rasonable simply answered, "Hindi."
In the original series, Richard was cast as the main character Aguiluz.
The 2005 movie version of Mulawin ended with the death of Aguiluz.
However, Ms. Redgie said that the Aguiluz character will still be a part of the show. "Kasi ibang cast na ito pero meron pa ring reference sa character niya, meron pa rin."
GMA executives have yet to divulge when Mulawin vs. Ravena will air its pilot episode.
FULL HOUSE TONIGHT. Aside from Mulawin vs. Ravena, Regine is also set to host the musical-comedy show Full House Tonight.
The show, which begins airing on February 18, features an ensemble of actors and musical artists including Solenn Heussaff, Miguel Tanfelix, Bianca Umali, Joross Gamboa, and comedians Philip Lazaro, Nar Cabico, Tammy Brown, Terry Gian, Sarah Pagcaliwagan, and Kim Idol.