It's official: Jane de Leon is the new Darna! ABS-CBN broke the news today that out of the 300 actresses that auditioned for Darna, Jane stood out and landed the iconic role. Among her latest projects are Halik (where she plays the role of Jericho Rosales' sister) and Showtime (where she's part of Girltrends).
ABS-CBN Films' Managing Director, Olivia Lamasan, shared the great news and said that they saw something special in Jane, "Natuwa nga ako na isa siya sa mga nag-audition. Sabi ko ay 'there's something about her.' Pati si Direk Lauren [Dyogi] said 'there's something about her.' Bilang filmmakers, may nakikita kami."
They were further impressed by the star during the final deliberation of casting, when she was asked how committed she was to the role. Jane answered, "I will do everything and anything for the role because I believe in her, I believe in what Darna stands for."
The role was first given to Liza Soberano in 2017, but the 21-year-old actress had to withdraw from the film due to a finger injury that she received in 2018. Prior to this announcement, popular names in the showbiz industry such as Julia Barretto and Nadine Lustre expressed their interest in playing the iconic superhero and Star Cinema even held open auditions in May 2019!
Congratulations, Jane! We can't wait for this project to finally come alive!