Nadine Lustre believes being chosen as the next Darna would be a "good opportunity" for her.
"Yeah, I'm open," said Nadine about the possibility of portraying the Filipina superheroine in Star Cinema's upcoming movie adaptation. "It's nice. It's a good opportunity, it's a good project, so who's not open for it?" said the actress in an interview with ABS-CBN when she renewed her contract with the network on April 25, 2019.
Nadine continued: "I mean, if it's meant for me, sa akin po ibibigay. But like what I've said before, I know that the project is going to be given to someone who can give justice to the role. It does not have to be me, as long as mabigyan ng justice. I know naman that everyone is going to pick the right one."
Angel Locsin was supposed to bring life anew to Darna but she had to back out due to a disc bulge in her spine. Liza Soberano was then chosen to play the title role but she turned down the role because of a finger injury.
When asked how she felt about being the third choice if ever, Nadine admitted, "I don't think it's bad to be a third choice. I mean, you know, puwede rin namang it's not the right time or it's not the right project for them, so I don't think it matters."
Erik Matti, who was supposed to direct the Darna reboot, named Nadine as his pick to become the next Darna. "After her [Liza], I only see Nadine Lustre so far as someone who can be Darna. Very sultry. She has a lot of female sensuality and at the same time still looks tough and very Filipina," he explained.
Erik backed out of the project due to creative differences and was replaced by Heneral Luna (2015) filmmaker Jerrold Tarog.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.