Pinoy Big Brother: All In alumnus Axel Torres will lead the cast of La Luna Sangre's web series titled Youtopia.
With episodes airing on ABS-CBN's streaming platform iWanTV, Youtopia will revolve around a small community infested by vampires because of Sandrino (Richard Gutierrez) and his army.
In a press conference held last July 17 at ABS-CBN compound, La Luna Sangre's creative manager Ays de Guzman shared how they came up with this new concept.
He said, "Naisip kasi naming, parang ang ganda, paano naapektuhan yung small communities sa plano ni Sandrino to take over and build a vampire army.
"What we did is iWanTV produced this micro-series, five to eight minutes that would take us to paano naapektuhan yung small communities nung ginagawa ni Sandrino sa teleserye.
"The story of Youtupia is there's this seven friends, tapos three of those, nawala sila for six months. Then when they came back, medyo iba na yung kinikilos nila.
"Tapos the other friends, sila Axel, tinatry nila imbestigahan bakit nagkaganito yung mga kaibigan natin, tapos they found out that they're vampires and they're trying to turn the entire village into Sandrino's vampire army."
Aside from Axel, Youtopia's cast is composed of new faces who are making their debut in this project: Kate Alejandrino, Mary Joy Apostol, Gabby Padilla, Jal Galang, and Larissa Alivio.
The cast of Youtupia (L-R): Axel Torres, Kate Alejandrino, Mary Joy Apostol,
Gabby Garcia, Jal Galang, Larissa Alivio
Is it a conscious effort for the team to feature new faces for this web series?
Ays explained, "We wanted kasi for it to be immersive. Gusto sana namin, fans would really think na, 'Sino tong mga taong ito, totoong tao silang nandito?'
"So yes, it was a conscious effort to do that for this project para yung immersive experience ng fans, mas enjoyable para sa kanila."
Will the characters in Youtopia be also seen in the TV series?
Ays said, "Right now po, may journey sila muna na kailangang tapusin within the story tapos after po noon, we will try and push it to happen."
In the series, Axel will play the role of Ryan Magno, an ordinary person who will lead his friends in investigating what has been happening in their village.
While he also enjoys portraying the lead character in Youtopia, Axel also wishes to appear in the La Luna Sangre TV series.
"Well siyempre, gusto naming makapasok sa mismong teleserye kasi part na rin ito, connected din naman sila.
"Okay lang yung web series pero gusto rin naming maksali dun sa mismong show."
If ever Axel is given the chance to choose between becoming a vampire or a werewolf, what would he be?
The former PBB housemate answered with a laugh, "Gusto ko maging lobo.
"Gusto ko laging ano, e, yung naka-topless lang pag nag-transform. Comfy lang yung suot!"
In the three installments of the Lobo series - Lobo (2008), Imortal (2010), and La Luna Sangre - all werewolves are naked when they transform back into their human forms.
Youtopia the web series will start airing on July 20 on ABS-CBN's iWanTV.
New episodes will be uploaded every Thursday immediately after the airing of the La Luna Sangre episode on TV.