The new Darna has been found! Jane De Leon is the newest Darna.
The Managing Director of ABS-CBN Films, Olivia Lamasan, revealed the new Darna. Among all the 300 celebrities auditioned, they finally found the one for the iconic role. “We have found a new Darna and she is none other than Jane de Leon,” Lamasan stated.
Who is Jane de Leon?
The 20-year-old Star Magic talent last appeared in ‘Halik’ where she played the role of Maggie Bartolome, sister of Jericho Rosales’ character, Lino Bartolome. Aside from ‘Halik’, she also appeared in various TV projects in ABS-CBN including La Luna Sangre in 2017. She was also one of the Girltrends, a girl group of noontime show It’s Showtime.
Darna director Jerrold Tarog chose De Leon. The director described her as an ‘instinctive actress’. According to Lamasan, it was a “unanimous decision”.
“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. Malakas ang instinct ng bata,” Lamasan said.
“‘Yung Darna story natin ngayon is a genesis story, a coming of age. Ang requirement talaga is somebody na young and with an air of innocence but at the same time a strength of character,” she added.
When asked how committed she is in getting the role, De Leon told the ABS-CBN management during the deliberation that she is willing to do anything and everything for the role because she believes in what Darna stands for. And so Lamasan finally asked her, “Handa ka na ba? Handa ka na bang hawakan ang bato? Handa ka na bang Darna? Dahil binibigay na namin sa ‘yo ang Darna.”
Shocking news for her indeed. Darna will be the biggest break of her career. As of now, De Leon hasn’t posted anything yet on her social media accounts about the great news.