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After months of searching and hosting several auditions, ABS-CBN has finally found the right one to play the titular role of original Pinay superhero based on Mars Ravelo’s story — Darna. 

Through an article on ABS-CBN News, Wednesday, July 17,  ABS-CBN Films managing director Olivia Lamasan announced that 20-year-old Jane de Leon is the actress who bagged the role out of 300 celebrities who auditioned. 

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“Yung Darna story natin ngayon is a genesis story, a coming of age. Ang requirement talaga is somebody na young and with an air of innocence but at the same time a strength of character,” Lamasan said. 

She also said that choosing de Leon as a new Darna was “a unanimous decision.”

“Natuwa nga ako na isa siya sa mga nag-audition. Sabi ko ay there’s something about her. Pati si Direk Lauren (Dyogi) said there’s something about her. Bilang filmmakers, may nakikita kami,” Lamasan shared. “Malakas ang instinct ng bata.” 

De Leon is a Star Magic talent who had appeared in different teleseryes before. She portrayed the role of Maggie Bartolome in “Halik” and had been part of 2017 fantasy series “La Luna Sangre.” 

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It has been an awesome journey for me to be part of this amazing project #Halik. Di ko po talaga inasahang mapabilang sa proyektong ito na syang naging pinakaunana ko rin pong teleserye 😭. It just came right after I returned from the NowUnited boot camp in L.A. Super thankful at grateful po ako to my Starmagic Family lalo na sa yo Nay @netdrustia , my former RM @arliesalagantin . Of course to @rsbdramaunit @rekdibayani for giving me this opportunity to work with amazing and veteran actors. To Kuya @jerichorosalesofficial and Nanay @amyaustria_ventura thank you so much for the advices and guidance, will forever keep those.🥰 Sa napakabait po naming directors, Direk @dcathycam & Direk Carlo Artillaga maraming salamat po sa paggabay at pasensya. You played a great part of how I improved in this field. At syempre sa lahat ng staff at crew, maraming salamat din sa pag alaga sa amin. I will surely miss my character and all the people I’ve worked with. To my Angels! thank you so much for your love and support… I love you all! 💕 God Bless Everyone, this is MAGGIE BARTOLOME SIGNING OFF! ❤️😌

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It can be recalled that after Angel Locsin dropped the Darna project, young actress Liza Soberano took it. However, she too had to back out due to some medical reasons. 

Looking back, aside from Locsin other legendary actresses who bagged this role are Vilma Santos, Lorna Tolentino, and Marian Rivera. 

This Darna “genesis story” will be helmed by award-winning director Jerrold Tarog. The brilliant mind behind box-office hit films such as “Heneral Luna,” “Goyo: Ang Batang General,” and “Sana Dati.” 

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