ABS-CBN calls for Darna audition

ABS-CBN's version of the iconic superhero has yet to reach its finality as the network continues to look for the actress who would portray Darna.

Angel Locsin and Liza Soberano were first to be confirmed to take on the role but eventually backed out due to health concerns. While they were indeed perfect to assume Darna in the Kapamilya movie version, the network can't push the project without anyone replacing them.

Netizens were quick to suggest other Kapamilya actresses who can pull off the physical and acting requirements of the next Darna. Names such as Nadine Lustre and Pia Wurtzbach were among the top choices.

The search was also seemed to be extended to the rival network as Kapuso stars Sanya Lopez and Jennylyn Mercado were also considered by some netizens. FHM Philippines even published an article back in 2017 that Lopez can do justice to the role.

It can be remembered that it's the Kapuso Network who first brought Darna to life in Philippine TV when GMA did two teleserye versions of it - in 2005 when Locsin was still with them and in 2009 with Marian Rivera.

Now that the rights to produce the next Darna is with ABS-CBN, it would be hard for any stars from GMA to get the role. Although we've seen other Kapuso artists who starred in some Star Cinema movies (Dingdong Dantes, Jennylyn Mercado and even Alden Richards in an upcoming movie), ABS-CBN would most likely get someone from their own talent pool.

Yesterday, the Kapamilya Network announced that they are opening auditions for Darna. The search is in collaboration with Star Cinema, Star Magic and Star Hunt. While the audition is open to anyone fit for the role, Kapuso stars will definitely not be part of it anymore knowing that Star Magic, the ABS-CBN talent arm, is part of the audition panel. Lopez and Mercado, should they wish to grant their fans' clamor, might need to leave GMA just to get the role which is really impossible to happen (both of them have active contracts with GMA and have respective shows).

Who's going to be the next Darna? The question remains unanswered but we're going to find one soon as the audition will start this May 2019. Watch the video below:

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