One of the biggest projects of GMA-7 lined up for the firstquarter of the year is the Philippine adaptation of the classic swashbucklinghero Zorro, to be topbilled by Richard Gutierrez. This will be Richard'sfollow-up series after Codename: Asero, which ended November 14, 2008.
The Kapuso network is now on thelookout for Richard's leading lady, who will play the role of Lolita. GMA-7 willhold an open audition tomorrow, January 16, at GMA Network Center from 1 p.m.onwards.
So, expect a new face to emerge as Richard's leading lady in Zorro,much like when Rhian Ramos was paired with him in Captain Barbell.
GMA-7 Program Manager Redgie Magno admitted that they are having a hard timefinding a leading lady for Richard.
"Sa totoo lang, sa ngayon, wala pang certainty dun sa leadinglady. Kasi ang hirap kuhanan ng leading lady si Richard Gutierrez, di ba?Especially kung foreign [material], alam naman nating Antonio Banderas ‘yan,malaki rin ang expectation dun sa soap na yun. So, siyempre, prepared kami forthat," said Ms. Magno in an exclusive interview with PEP managing editor Karen Pagsolingan during herbirthday party last January 7.
Among the Kapuso actresses, possible candidateswould be Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, and Rhian. But all are busy taping their current soaps.
Marian will team up once again with Dingdong Dantes in AngBabaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang. Heart and Rhian are still doing Luna Mystikaand La Lola, respectively; although Rhian's soap will end in a few weeks.
If it's possible, GMA-7 could borrow from ABS-CBN eitherAnne Curtis or Roxanne Guinoo. If not for their network affiliation, any of these young actresses would be perfectfor the role of Richard's leading lady.