Marian Rivera Chosen by GMA to be the Next Darna

The hottest star of 2008 gets to play the hottest role in Philippine showbiz.

After weeks of speculations, it’s now official. GMA finally announced that the network will bring the pinay super heroine back on television. And the chosen one to play the role? None other than their biggest star, Marian Rivera.

Created by Mars Ravelo, the character of Darna catapulted the career of Angel Locsin in 2005 to superstardom when GMA first adapted the graphic novel on television. The tv ratings it received brought the network on top of the primetime race not just in Mega Manila but also the whole Philippines.

GMA-7 SVP for Entertainment Wilma Galvante announced this afternoon, April 23, that the top-rating series will make a grand comeback with their hottest star playing the role.

Marian Rivera was surprised and delighted by the news, “Hindi ko ito alam. Akala ko may pag-uusapan lang na new project. Yun pala, may surprise sila sa akin. Maraming salamat sa GMA-7 at patuloy ang tiwala nila sa akin.”

Contrary to the teaser that they released 2 years ago, it will no longer be a tandem of Darna and Captain Barbell and the series will just focus on Darna alone. However, the role of Captain Barbell will have a cameo in the upcoming series.

(Fanart courtesy of Ex Deo Scientia)

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