MANILA -- Star Cinema has announced that Angel Locsin will no longer to be portraying Darna for an upcoming movie adaptation due to health reasons -- meaning the search is on for her replacement.
A fan favorite is Liza Soberano, who has the required combination of beauty and youth to pull off a teenage version of the Filipina superheroine, popularized by Vilma Santos during her younger years. The "My Ex and Whys" star has said she is not closing any doors should she be offered the part.
Another popular choice would be Nadine Lustre. The "Till I Met You" star has already said that she wants the part. "Kasi 'di ba Darna, she's one of the most iconic na roles dito sa atin. Why not?" she said.
Julia Montes is versatile actress who would bring gravitas to the role. She would be perfect should Star Cinema decide to take a more grim route in adapting the Darna mythology as opposed to the bubbly and colorful versions of past.
Sarah Geronimo made her name as a pop star but she has her fair share of acting experience. There's clamor for her to consider the role, but the question is if she is willing to don the costume.
Maja Salvador would be the ideal pick if the script called for a more fun and quirky Darna. She already has her fair share of comedy and drama experience to make her a handy replacement for Locsin.
From Miss Universe to Darna? Pia Wurtzbach's name has been on everyone's lips as of late as someone who could inherit the costume. She revealed on Twitter early this year that she would love to take on the role.
Kathryn Bernardo, who has several box-office hits and hit television shows to her name, is another fan-favorite. Her name has been a constant in the polls about Locsin's replacement.
Another contender could be Arci Muñoz. She would be a sort of direct swap for Locsin, as she also has a pretty face and gorgeous figure to boot. Her previous credits include sexy dramas "Pasion de Amor" and "Magpahanggang Wakas," and movies like "Camp Sawi" and the spy comedy "Extra Service."
Jessy Mendiola wasn't voted the "Sexiest Woman" in the country last year for nothing. She has the figure and confidence to do the iconic costume justice.
Yassi Pressman, like many others, would fit the costume nicely, although being tied up with the hit primetime series "Ang Probinsyano" may bring out scheduling issues.
Anne Curtis has been hard at work in staying fit, and her experience with tough, physical routines will certainly be a huge plus should Star Cinema consider her for a role.
Ritz Azul is in the same vein as Liza Soberano and would be a good option for a more youthful Darna. Her credits are thin but landing a high-profile part such as this one could be her breakout role.