Liza Soberano to fly as the new Darna

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — Teen actress Liza Soberano is set to portray the Filipino superheroine Darna in an upcoming Star Cinema film to be directed by Erik Matti, as confirmed in a report by ABS-CBN.

The 19-year-old actress is known for her roles in ABS-CBN television shows "Dolce Amore" and "Forevermore," and romantic films "My Ex and Whys," "Everyday I Love You," and "Just the Way You Are," opposite her onscreen partner Enrique Gil.

Fellow ABS-CBN talent Angel Locsin first took on the character back when she was in GMA in 2005. Locsin was Matti's first choice for the upcoming movie, which was announced in 2015, but a back injury prevented the actress from accepting the roles.

The superheroine clad in red and gold was last portrayed by GMA star Marian Rivera for the small screen in 2009.

In recent reiterations of Darna, a small town girl named Narda chances upon a tiny rock from outer space, which gives her superpowers upon swallowing and shouting "Darna."

Darna first appeared in the komiks created by acclaimed Filipino comic artist Mars Ravelo. The strip was first published in Pilipino Komiks in 1950.