MANILA -- Jane De Leon could not help but turn emotional after she was told that she won the coveted role of Darna for an upcoming movie adaptation of the Pinay superhero's story.
A video of De Leon learning that she had triumphed over more than 200 other women who auditioned nationwide for the part was uploaded by Star Cinema on Thursday afternoon.
In it, she was first seen explaining how committed she will be in giving justice to Darna, saying she can "surrender all" for the iconic komiks character.
"Iyong desire pati 'yung heart ko po talaga ay nandoon po kay Darna," she said.
De Leon could not contain her smile, suspecting that the meeting, attended by ABS-CBN executives, including the company's president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, was more than just another callback.
And when ABS-CBN Films managing director Olivia Lamasan finally asked the big question if she is ready to inherit Darna's "bato," De Leon began crying tears of joy.
"Today is the beginning of the rest of your life," she was told by ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio, as she went around the room to thank everyone.
According to director Jerrold Tarog, the decision to pick De Leon was a "unanimous one," adding that management wanted a new face to take on the task of reintroducing Darna to a new generation.
Prior to landing the high-profile role, De Leon was best known for her supporting part in the hit primetime series "Halik."
She replaces Liza Soberano, who had to back out of the role due to injury. Both Soberano and Angel Locsin, the original choice who had played Darna before for TV, have congratulated De Leon.