The cat's finally out of the bag––Jennylyn Mercado will be Dingdong Dantes' leading lady in the Filipino remake of K-drama Descendants Of The Sun (DOTS)! The news was just revealed on the evening news program, 24 Oras.
"Hi everyone. Minsan lang ako mag-post about my projects and hindi ko mapigilan ang sarili ko," Jennylyn shared on her Instagram account. "I am super happy to portray Dr. Maxine De La Cruz of Descendants of The Sun: The Philippine Adaptation. When I heard they started taping already and preparing for the soap, ako rin na-curious kung sino nga ang napili para sa role. When I learned that it was me, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for GMA’s trust and also pressured since I know how big this project is. I promise I would do everything to give justice to the role. I won’t let you all down. Pangako."
Fans have had their share of guesses on who will be playing Dr. Maxine, aka Song Hye Kyo's character for the Pinoy version. Some thought it would naturally be Dingdong's wife, Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, or even, surprise, Jennylyn Mercado!
In an interview with GMA 7 entertainment reporter Nelson Canlas, Jennylyn shared how she's been a fan of DOTS, and how she's been busy attending medical training so that her portrayal of Dr. Maxine will become as realistic as possible.
"Kailangan kong maghabol kasi, siyempre, kakatapos ko lang nang isa pang soap tapos talon ako sa isa pang character so medyo mahirap. Medyo challenging para sa akin," Jennylyn shared, referring to how she has just finished taping for the series Love You Two.
This will also be the first time in a long time that she and Dingdong will get to work together again since their Encantadia days.
Other confirmed stars joining Jennylyn and Dingdong––who plays "Big Boss" Captain Luis Manalo––include Rocco Nacino as "Wolf" Sergeant Diego Ramos, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith as Lieutenant Moira Defensor. ICYMI, GMA has in fact already shared a peek into one of the memorable moments from the first episode, to be specific, THAT hospital scene.
Dingdong, Rocco and their fellow male actors Prince Clemente (playing "Piccolo"), Jon Lucas (playing "Harry Potter"), Paul Salas (playing "Marty"), Lucho Ayala (playing "Snoopy") have been preparing for the series for months now. They even trained with the Philippine Army just to get a feel of what it really means to be a soldier and to protect the country.
We can't wait to see Jennylyn in character as Dr. Maxine soon!