Over a year after Angel Locsin was pulled out of the upcoming Darna movie, we received the following press statement from ABS-CBN confirming that she will no longer be playing the titular role:
We gave Angel our full support during and after her treatment in hopes that she would portray the iconic Filipino heroine. Because of Angel’s passion and dedication, she resumed training for the movie after undergoing surgery and therapy for the disc bulge in her spine. Unfortunately, Angel experienced back pain twice during training, prompting her doctor to advise her not to participate in strenuous activities to avoid permanent damage on her spine.
We would have loved to see Angel fly again as Darna and take our hats off to her for the gargantuan efforts she has put in for the project.
We wish her well as she will begin working on other projects, like a special role in “La Luna Sangre” with John Lloyd Cruz, a movie with James Reid, a movie with Coco Martin, and a teleserye.
Star Cinema first released a teaser trailer for the upcoming Darna movie last year. She was shortly pulled out due to health reasons.
Apparently, that was not the death of it, and they still tried to make it work. Unfortunately, this statement appears to place the final nail in the coffin on any possibilities of Angel Locsin as Darna.
Let’s highlight that:
… final decision that she will no longer pursue …
One more time:
And again, until our hearts bleed: