Marian Rivera believes that Liza Soberano is “perfect” to play the role of the Philippines’ most iconic superhero — Darna.
In an interview with Push, the former Darna expressed her approval of Liza, who was handpicked by Star Cinema for the role last May.
“Okay naman. Maganda siya. Perfect para sa kanya! (She’s okay. She’s beautiful. It’s perfect for her),” the actress said at the launch of her latest whitening product endorsement at the New World Hotel in Makati on July 27.
When asked what message she can give to Liza, the primetime queen only said, “Nakakahiya namang mag-message bilang hindi naman kami magkakilalang dalawa. Nakakahiya naman. Good luck! For sure naman, kahit sinong magsuot din niyan, siguradong susuportahan. Especially kung siya na parang majority naman yata, siya ang gusto. At ang ganda at ang sexy. Kaya niya iyan, (I’m reluctant to give a message because we personally don’t know each other but good luck to her, and I guess anyone who wears it would get the support especially that majority of the people want her for the role. Plus she’s beautiful and sexy. She can do it).
Marian was not the only Darna who showed support to Liza as Angel Locsin also shared her thoughts.
“I’m very excited for Liza. Actually, I think they posted the comic books that I gave her. I gave her those as a gift,” Angel said who portrayed the character onscreen in 2005. She was supposed to star in the film adaptation but has backed out when she developed a disc bulge in her spine.
Marian was the last actress who played the role in 2009.
Since “Darna” made her komiks debut in the 1950s, which was written by Mars Ravelo, the fire-red costume has been worn by several actresses in television and film, including Gina Pareno in 1969, Vilma Santos in 1973, Lorna Tolentino in 1977, Rio Locsin in 1979, and Sharon Cuneta in 1986 among others.
Erik Matti, director of the upcoming movie which was first announced in 2015, accepted the project to make the character known to a whole new generation of Filipinos.