ICYMI, ABS-CBN announced that they’ve cast Jane De Leon as the new Darna on July 17. The 20-year-old actress impressed ABS-CBN Films’ Managing Director, Olivia Lamasan, who said, “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."
Jane won the highly-coveted role after auditioning and beating 200 Darna hopefuls. The moment that she found out that she’s been cast as Darna, Jane promised to fully commit to the role and said, “100% po talaga. I can surrender all for her, for her character po. 'Yung desire pati 'yung heart ko po talaga kay Darna."
In a report, after ABS-CBN executives delivered the good news to Jane, she was asked to deliver her own version of Darna’s iconic shout. Jane, who was feeling slightly nervous, said, “Kinakabahan ako!” She stood up, collected herself for a second and perfectly delivered the line. The moment happens at the 1:35 mark.
Jerrold Tarog, the director who is slated to direct the Darna movie said that Jane was the "unanimous" choice for the role.
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