After years in development, Darna: The TV Series is finally set to begin filming very soon. Here’s what you should know about the anticipates series.
After countless delays and setbacks, Darna is finally about to take flight. From changes in who’s going to play Darna to a revolving door of directors to lead the project, the Darna TV series is almost here. What was once seen as a dream and a concept is now a reality as Darna: The TV Series is finally taking shape. As we wait in anticipation for the release of this modern take on the beloved hero, here is what you need to know about the show so far.
THE CAST HAS BEEN REVEALED
Following Angel Locsin and Liza Soberano, we’ve known that Jane de Leon was set to play the titular heroine for some time. Now, we know who else is set to join her in the series. During the cast reveal held at the ABS-CBN Soundstage in Bulacan, it was revealed that Joshua Garcia would be playing the lead male role opposite de Leon. The actor will be playing Brian Samonte Robles, a police officer, and EMT. He will serve as Narda/Darna’s love interest in the show.
Zaijian Jaranilla is set to play Ricardo “Ding” Custodio, Narda’s younger brother. Jog Agpangan will play Mara, Narda’s best friend. Kiko Estrada is Noah Ballesteros, the son of the mayor where Narda is from. As previously reported, Iza Calzado will play Leonor Custodio, which we will get more into later.
Other members of the cast include Gerard Acao, Tart Carlos, Marvin Yap, Zepy Borromeo, Yogo Singh, LA Santos, Young JV, Mark Manicad, Levi Ignacio, Simon Ibarra, Richard Quan, and Rio Locsin. Though we have yet to know who will be playing the iconic villain Valentina.
THERE WILL BE MORE THAN ONE DARNA IN THE SHOW
While Jane de Leon’s Darna will be the focus of the show, she won’t be the only Darna featured in the series. Iza Calzado’s Leonor Custodio will be the first Darna in the series. She will be the one to pass on the magical stone to her daughte, Narda. Leonor is meant to serve as a mother and mentor figure to Narda.
Speaking of more Darnas, Rio Locsin actually played Darna in the past. She portrayed the iconic superhero in the 1979 film Bira! Darna Bira! While she won’t be playing Darna in the show, Rio Locsin’s addition to the show could be seen as a nice easter egg for fans of Darna.
DARNA: THE TV SERIES WILL HAVE TWO DIRECTORS
Two directors are set to take the lead for the upcoming series. The first is acclaimed filmmaker Chito S. Rono. You may know him for films like the iconic Feng Shui, Dekada ’70, and Signal Rock. This will mark the first TV series Chito has directed in over a decade. The second director is Avel Sunpongco, a veteran when it comes to directing TV shows as his previous work includes Kadenang Ginto, Ang Probinsyano, and Ikaw Lamang. The series will be produced by JRB Creative Production.
THE SHOW WILL START FILMING VERY SOON
While it seems like people have been talking about Darna for years, the show is finally set to begin filming. A production years in the making, cameras start rolling this November 2021.
THE PLOT IS STILL UNDER WRAPS
While we do know who the cast is and who they will be playing, we do not yet know what the story of the series will be. We also haven’t seen any of the sets or costumes. Jane de Leon’s Darna costume also has yet to be revealed, although the actress confirmed that she already fitted the legendary look in red and gold. This could mean that we may get a peek sooner or later.
THE SERIES WILL AIR IN 2022
No official release date has yet to be given for the Darna TV show. But we do know that it will air sometime in 2022. Barring any delays, the series may arrive sometime between mid to late 2022. And we might even get a trailer by the end of the year or early 2022.