- Liza Soberano announced on Thursday that she has withdrawn from the titular role of Darna
- Soberano cited an injury as the reason behind her decision to quit the Star Cinema production
- ABS-CBN and Star Cinema immediately released an official statement of Liza Soberano’s withdrawal on ‘Darna’
Liza Soberano was in tears when she confirmed that she will no longer wear the famous sexy red ensemble of Filipino superheroine Darna, due to health reasons.
In an exclusive interview on ‘TV Patrol,’ April 4, the Kapamilya star confessed in tears how painful it was for her to let go of the movie project, which she invested two years in training and research.
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“I really wanted to do ‘Darna.’ I invested so much time, so much effort. Physically, I felt like I was ready before the incident. I don’t want the project to suffer just because I don’t feel like I could give Darna the justice she deserves. Emotionally, that’s why I decided to withdraw from the project. I felt like hindi ako buo anymore to do ‘Darna’,” she said.
Soberano fractured her right index finger in an accident on the set of the now-defunct fantaserye ‘Bagani.’ While she has undergone two surgeries to address the fracture, Soberano is still unable to move her finger as normally as the others, given that its joint was also damaged.
She turned emotional after the reporter asked for her message to fans who may be saddened by her decision. Soberano said, “I just want to say sorry to them that I let them down.”
Press statement on Liza Soberano and ‘Darna’:
“ABS-CBN and Star Cinema regretfully announce their acceptance of Liza Soberano’s decision to withdraw from the “Darna” movie project due to medical reasons.
“Liza suffered a finger bone fracture while doing a fight scene on the set of “Bagani” last year. She is still undergoing treatment and recovering from the trauma. Unfortunately, after consultation with her doctors, it was deemed best for Liza not to pursue the project as the injury shall hamper her from effectively doing the movie stunts required.
“ABS-CBN and Star Cinema understand Liza’s condition, respect her decision, and wish her well on her recovery.
“Meanwhile, the preparation for the “Darna” movie continues as ABS-CBN and Star Cinema remain fully committed in telling the well-loved story of the Filipina superheroine and have started the selection process for the new actress who will bring the iconic character to life on the big screen.”