The cast of "Darna" is complete, the film's director has confirmed.
Among the roles that have been cast are Ding, Narda's brother and sidekick; and Valentina, the snake-haired villain, according to Push, citing filmmaker Erik Matti.
"Kumpleto na ang cast. Hindi ko lang puwedeng i-reveal," Matti was quoted to have said.
Producer Star Cinema introduced Liza Soberano would play the titular superhero in May 2017; no further cast members have been announced since.
Rumors about the casting, however, have surfaced time and again. Notably, "BuyBust" star Anne Curtis has repeatedly been linked to the Valentina role.
Curtis acknowledged hearing the rumor in May. While she clarified she has not been offered the part, Curtis said she is keen to take on a Ravelo villain this time, after she portrayed the lovelorn mermaid Dyesebel in ABS-CBN's 2014 teleserye.
Asked at the time if she particularly wants to to portray Valentina, she answered: "If given the opportunity, I would love to."
Showbiz newcomer Tony Labrusca has similarly been rumored to be part of "Darna." While he isn't officially attached to the project, Soberano did confirm in March that Labrusca was "one of the options."
Aside from the casting, several other details of "Darna" have also been finalized, according to Matti. In particular, Soberano's costume as Darna has long been settled, he told Push.
In previous interviews, Matti described the new outfit as fitting for a warrior, and "more of utilitarian." Despite these changes, the director said, in this latest interview, that its appearance won't be much of a departure from the iconic look of Darna.
"Hindi naman puwedeng iba 'yung costume niya sa dating Darna," he hinted.
Matti described the scale of "Darna" as "five times bigger than 'BuyBust,' " his recently released action flick starring Curtis, which has earned raves locally and internationally.
"Lahat, 'yung size, 'yung scale, 'yung bigat ng pelikula, 'yung laki ng pelikula. Adventure kasi 'yon. May action ka, may CG ka. Sa 'Darna,' I want to do it right," he said.
Matti also expressed confidence in the capability of Soberano, in response to detractors calling the 20-year-old "malamya," or weak-looking.
"Sobrang bigay todo siya sa shooting. Lahat ginagawa niya. Kailangan niyang mag-tone, magka-muscle kaya diretso 'yung naging training niya," he said.
"Lahat 'yan may opinion, lahat yan magsasabi, 'Ay, pangit, ganito, lampa.' Eh, opinyon nila 'yon. Hintayin muna nila 'yung pelikula," Matti added.