Nadine Lustre will be part of new 'Pedro Penduko' film

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 20 2017 06:41 PM

Nadine Lustre will be part of the upcoming "Pendro Penduko" movie starring her boyfriend, James Reid. 

On Thursday, Viva Entertainment released a video online citing director Paul Basinilio as the source of the confirmation. 

Lustre's exact role was not revealed, however. 

The big screen adaptation of "Pedro Penduko," which will feature a re-imagined version of the popular talisman-wielding Pinoy superhero, will be helmed by Dan Villegas.

Reid was announced as the newest actor to take on the role last August, inheriting the mantle from the likes of Janno Gibbs and Matt Evans. 

It will be based on the new "Pedro Penduko" book written by Regene Estolatan under Epik Studios. In it, the next "chosen one" is a wimpy teen named Peter Harris, who was raised in the US by his adoptive father. 

His official origin story is as follows: "Peter Harris feels like he doesn't belong. A Filipino who lived all his life in the US where he grew up being bullied since grade school. Now 20 years old, he has had enough and wants to escape. 

"Just then, his adoptive father passes away in a tragic accident involving something supernatural that nobody can explain.

"It will all unfold to him when he goes back to the Philippines to look for his mother whom he hasn't seen since he was an infant. When he finds her, he learns that she has been a victim of a curse given by a ruler of Eastern Kasamaan. 

"As he embarks on a journey to find a cure, he learns so much more than what he originally set out to discover. That he is no ordinary human, and that he may be the prophesied 'chosen one' who will save the entire town from the rising evil that threatens it. 

"However, does a loser and a whiny wimp like him have what it takes to take on the role of the new Pedro Penduko?" 

The modern twist aims to revitalize the dated imagery of the superhero for new fans. 

A release date for the film has yet to be announced.