Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) President and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Arsenio "Nick" Lizaso revealed that he is eyeing young stars Kathyrn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Liza Soberano to be part of his upcoming adaptation of the Jose Rizal novel Noli Me Tangere.
In a press conference held on Sept. 15, Lizaso shared that Bernardo (25) and Padilla (26) would be his ideal actors for the young lovers Elias and Salome.
Meanwhile, he would like Soberano (23) to portray Sisa, the mother of Crispin and Basilio, who eventually loses her mind from abuse and grief.
"I'm working on getting millennial actors so that our senior students can relate to the modern actors like Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, and Liza Soberano. Nag-uumpisa na po ako ng pre-prod," Lizaso shared during the presser.
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Though Lizaso did not go into further details on who would play the main characters of the pivotal novel by Jose Rizal, he shared that he has reached out to the camps of the three stars.
The series is slated for a June 2022 release in time for the 161st birthday of the national hero.
Meanwhile, Lizaso's latest CCP project is called Kung Hindi Man: A Collection of Musical Treasures, a free online series that celebrates Filipino love songs throughout the years.
Photos from Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Liza Soberano's Instagram accounts