As the golden sun sets on the sand dunes of Paoay, Ilocos Norte, five ladies strike poses and exude confidence despite their tattered gowns.
Later on, the same women are seen running across the hot sand screaming and chasing after their object of affection: a giant chicken.
On Temptation Island, anything is possible.
Temperatures will rise as the stars of Temptation Island (in alphabetical order) Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, Marian Rivera, Rufa Mae Quinto, and Solenn Heussaff bring glamour and giggles onscreen for this co-production of Regal Films and GMA Films.
Aljur Abrenica, Tom Rodriguez, and Mikael Daez will provide eye candy as the leading men of the sexy ladies.
First released in 1980, the original film was directed by the late Joey Gosiengfiao and starred beauty queens.
This 2011, Chris Martinez directs a contemporary version of the movie, which will now feature aspiring supermodels.
Marian will reprise the role of a con artist originally portrayed by Azenith Briones, while Solenn will portray the social climber originally played by Bambi Arambulo.
Lovi will portray the role of a socialite originally played by Jennifer Cortez, while Heart reprises the role of a "virginal" woman originally played by Dina Bonnevie.
Aljur is cast as Alfred (originally played by the late Alfie Anido), a suitor of Heart’s character; Tom plays a waiter named Umberto (portrayed in the original film by Domingo Sabado); while Mikael plays a photographer named Ricardo (first played by the late Ricky Belmonte).
John "Sweet" Lapus brings life to Joshua, the boyfriend of Mikael’s character but eventually Mikael becomes the love interest of Solenn’s character. His role was portrayed by Jonas Sebastian.
Sweet is an avowed fan of the original Temptation Island. In fact, he played Azenith Briones (now played by Marian Rivera) in the all-male theatrical version of the film staged in 2003.
"Wala kaming makuhang producer noon kaya in the end, ako ang nag-produce ng play," recalled Sweet.
"Ganun ko kamahal ang pelikulang ’yan."
INTERVIEW WITH THE PRESS. After enduring the heat and humidity at the sand dunes, the stars retreat to the Playa Tropical resort in Currimao to rest and recharge for their grueling scenes.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and select members of the press had the chance to interview the stars during this three-day set visit to Ilocos Norte.
Since they portray models who are competing against each other in this movie, do the stars also feel that there is competition among them in real life?
Marian said, "Hindi naman siguro maiiwasan na i-ano namin ang sarili namin, na kailangan maganda kami, kailangan sexy.
"Naniniwala ako na kaya lahat ng artistang pinili ay para mag-fit sa character na ’yan.
"Ayokong makipagkumpitensiya. Basta kung ano si Marian, kung ano si Azenith, gagawin ko yun."
And then she quipped, "Sila na lang ang sexy, ako na lang ang maganda!"
Marian explains why she had a difficult time reprising the role of Azenith in this movie.
"Aminado talaga ako na nangangapa ako noong una. Nahihirapan talaga ako sa character ni Azenith, kasi first time ko na gumanap ng malandi at may pa-English-English pa.
"Minsan tahimik siya at mahilig siya sumayaw—dun naman kami pareho!"
For her part, Heart said that getting the role of Dina Bonnevie was "perfect" for her.
"It was so hard for me in the beginning when I couldn’t do, what they were asking me to do.
"I felt so bad because I really wanted to be part of this movie.
"But then, I didn’t want to compromise the movie because of things na hindi ko kayang gawin.
"But I guess it was really for me because they gave me the virgin role, which for me is perfect," she said with a smile.
Did she consult her boyfriend, Daniel Matsunaga, before accepting this role?
"Yeah," Heart replied.
"When I told him that I was gonna have Serafina’s role, he told me, ’Really babe, you can really do it?’
"Kasi nga kilala niya ako, but then he was really excited for me coz we’re going to be featured in high-fashion magazines for the movie, so na-excite naman din siya para sa akin."
One of Lovi’s major scenes in the movie is her "seduction scene" with Aljur Abrenica.
"Sa movies ko lang siya puwede gawin [seduction]. I kept thinking that it was for the movie at ikagaganda ng movie," she said.
Solenn was very candid as she talked about her kissing scene with Mikael Daez.
"Fun naman, I like to kiss him. Wala akong problema diyan."
Did they also shoot a love scene for the movie?
"Parang sobrang rough [ang scene]," said Solenn.
Is she used to doing rough scenes like that?
"Oo, siyempre, French ako," she answered directly, eliciting laughter among the press.
The Fil-French actress revealed that she and Mikael were both curious about the same thing for their first kissing scene.
"Ako ang first kissing scene [partner] ni Mikael and he asked me, ’May tongue or walang tongue?’
"Kahit ako, nung first kissing scene ko with Chard [Richard Gutierrez], I asked kung may tongue or walang tongue. And he said sa mga Filipino movies, wala raw."
Throughout the shooting period in the sand dunes, Rufa Mae had to carry around a makeup case as she trailed behind Lovi. Rufa Mae reprises the maid role originally played by Deborah Sun in the movie.
The colors chosen for the four lead characters were specifically chosen to represent the four elements: Marian’s red gown represents fire, Heart’s white gown represents air, Lovi’s brown gown represents earth, and Solenn’s blue gown represents water.
Temptation Island is slated to be shown in cinemas by the second week of June.