Journalist Atom Araullo is set to play a reporter in award-winning director Mike de Leon's comeback flick, Citizen Jake.
Araullo told the Philippine Daily Inquirer: "I just couldn’t say no to Mike de Leon. I am taking this leap of faith because I believe in his ability to produce films of exceptional quality that are always imbued with social relevance."
De Leon's body of work includes Kung Mangarap Ka't Magising (1977), Kisapmata (1981), Batch '81 (1982), Sister Stella L. (1984), and Bayaning 3rd World (2000).
The Inquirer noted that "De Leon has been swapping ideas with Araullo and is planning to collaborate on the creation of the screenplay with the reporter and writer Noel Pascual."
De Leon said that working with a "non-actor" like Araullo is "unfamiliar territory" for him but he is looking forward to it nevertheless. "This is a strange, but interesting experience for me…not only because it will probably be my last film, but because I've got an interesting subject matter," he said.
The director said that Citizen Jake—which he described as "a hybrid film of sorts"—is about "citizen journalists, social media, and politics."
De Leon added, "I am fast-tracking things to set up my production team before Christmas. I hope to start principal photography by the middle or end of March—or the beginning of April, at the latest."