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Nadine Lustre backs out of MMFF entry ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7,’ Bela Padilla tapped as replacement

  • Nadine Lustre recently bowed out of her role in the MMFF entry Miracle in Cell No. 7
  • The Pinoy adaptation was supposed to be top-billed by Lustre and Aga Muhlach 
  • With Lustre’s withdrawal, Kapamilya actress Bela Padilla was tapped as her replacement
  • The Multi-Media Princess backed out from the project due to medical concerns

Nadine Lustre shocked her fans for suddenly cancelling her participation in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Miracle in Cell No.7. Lustre was supposed to top-bill the remake of the hit Korean movie with Aga Muhlach, but, due to medical concerns that might compromise her ability to perform her role, the actress withdrew from the project.

MMFF official Noel Ferrer confirmed to ABS-CBN News that Viva Films requested for changes in the movie.

“Miss [Nadine] Lustre has begged off the project due to medical concerns and her resulting inability to perform her duties as an actress during the shoot up to the promotion of the film,” said Vincent Del Rosario, the founder of Viva, in the letter he wrote to the MMFF committee.

Kapamilya actress Bela Padilla was then tapped to replace Lustre in the project which was approved by the committee.

“We believe that Bela Padilla is an excellent actress and a bankable star and she will significantly contribute to the film’s artistry and commercial success,” MMFF stated.

Miracle In Cell No. 7 is one of the first four entries in the 2019 MMFF. The film is the remake of the 2013 hit Korean movie of the same title that tells the story of a mentally-ill man who finds himself imprisoned because of murder. His co-detainees will then help him see his daughter by sneaking her into their prison cell.

While Lustre’s withdrawal from the project saddened her fans, they understood her situation. However, some believe that her withdrawal due to medical concerns is just a “show” made by Viva Films since they really wanted Bela for the project.

Nonetheless, Bela’s fans are happy for her inclusion in the film.

Miracle In Cell No. 7 is set to be released in December as part of MMFF.


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