Angel Locsin leaves 'Darna' movie project

MANILA, Philippines  (UPDATE)– Angel Locsin will no longer star in the movie version of Darna under Star Cinema.

In a statement, Kane Errol, Choa, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, said that Angel had to bow out of the project after she suffered a disc bulge in her spine while training for the movie.

Here is the full statement of ABS–CBN.

"It is with deep regret that we announce that ABS-CBN, Star Cinema, and Angel Locsin have mutually agreed that Angel will no longer do the “Darna” movie due to health reasons.

"Because of her passion, dedication, and commitment to the project, she underwent various rigorous training regimens for two years. Unfortunately, this led her to developing a disc bulge in her spine.

"This then limits her from doing strenuous activities such as stunts, liftings, and the usage of harness, all of which will be required of her for the action scenes in the film. Aside from that, she will need to undergo rehabilitation and treatment.

"And so while we have envisioned her to do the iconic Filipino heroine, Angel’s health and safety are both our primary concern. Hence, the decision.

"Fans need not worry. They can still look forward to seeing her in a movie that she is currently shooting with Vilma Santos. Angel’s physical condition does not prevent her from finishing the said project.

"Again, we sincerely thank Angel for her hard work and pray for her recovery."

A photo posted by ABS-CBN PR (@abscbnpr) on Oct 26, 2015 at 5:06am PDT



A replacement for Angel has yet to be announced by Star Cinema.

In an interview on Tonight with Boy Abunda, Monday, October 26, Angel believed that she suffered the disc bulge due to the many times she did her own stunts in her projects. 

"Pero hindi ko pinagsisihan kung ano mang injury ang nakuha ko noon kasi masaya ako na ginagawa iyon. Masaya ako ginagawa iyon kasi alam ko iyon ang nakakapagpasaya sa mga tao. Iyon din ang rason kung bakit ako nag-artista, to give happiness and inspiration," Angel said.

(But I'm not regretting whatever injury I suffered because Im very happy with what I'm doing. I'm very happy that I'm doing it because I know that's what makes people happy. That also the reason why I decided to be an actress.)

Angel admitted that her condition is very painful because there are times she cannot walk properly. She also shared that she was not able to walk for several days, which made her nervous and she was taken to the hospital after. 

Angel said that she is now doing therapy.  As for a possible operation, Angel said: "May pinaguusapan kami na operation na gagawin sa ibang bansa pero hindi ko pa masabi iyon ngayon Tito Boy kasi kailangan pa sa akin explain nung doctor. But right now dito sa Pilipinas, ang ginagawa ko pa rin ay therapy, iwas muna ako sa mga strenuous activities.)

(We are talking about the possibility of an operation in another country but I cannot say much about it Tito Boy because the doctor has to explain it. But right now here in the Philippines, what I do is therapy and I avoid strenuous activities.)

Angel said that she had to tell about her condition because she believes that it is her responsibility to inform everyone why she had to back out of the project and that Darna has to start shooting.

She also told everyone that she will just be resting for now.

"Magpapagaling lang ako. Ayusin ko lang ang likod ko, magpapalakas ako. Malay natin soon, magawa ko uli ang mga fight scenes na gustung-gusto kong gawin and gagawin ko siya ulit sa future.Malay ninyo next year, ako na si Wonder Woman," she said.

(I will just rest for now. I will just fix my back, I will recover. You'll never know, I'll be able to do the fight scenes that I love to do and will do in the future. You'll never know, I might become Wonder Woman next year.)

Angel also said boyfriend Luis Manzano has been supportive of her condition as well as Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, who she will star in a movie with.

On Instagram, Angel posted another message to her followers.

"It was a painful and hard decision to make, but we had to prioritize my health and welfare. Because of that, despite the two year preparations and rigorous training, I regret to inform everyone that I can no longer play Darna :( Production has to start filming already, and my body is not in the right condition to do anything too physically strenuous. It is only fair for production as I don't want to be the cause of delay or problems because of my recurring back injury. Rest assured that I am still undergoing treatment so I can come back stronger and hopefully, be your superhero again :)

"Thank you ABS CBN for looking after what's best for me and my health, especially to Tita Malou Santos. Thank you Tito Boy Abunda, Roxy Liquigan, & the rest of the Tonight with Boy Abunda team for giving me the chance to explain my situation in your show. To all Darna fans, I want to thank you for all the love and support you've given me. I will forever treasure that. And I hope and pray that you will give the same amount of love and support to the new Darna. Rest assured that ABS CBN has already chosen the perfect person to fill in Darna's boots. :) Again, thank you," she wrote.

It was a painful and hard decision to make, but we had to prioritize my health and welfare. Because of that, despite the two year preparations and rigorous training, I regret to inform everyone that I can no longer play Darna :( Production has to start filming already, and my body is not in the right condition to do anything too physically strenuous. It is only fair for production as I don't want to be the cause of delay or problems because of my recurring back injury. Rest assured that I am still undergoing treatment so I can come back stronger and hopefully, be your superhero again :) Thank you ABS CBN for looking after what's best for me and my health, especially to Tita Malou Santos. Thank you Tito Boy Abunda, Roxy Liquigan, & the rest of the Tonight with Boy Abunda team for giving me the chance to explain my situation in your show. To all Darna fans, I want to thank you for all the love and support you've given me. I will forever treasure that. And I hope and pray that you will give the same amount of love and support to the new Darna. Rest assured that ABS CBN has already chosen the perfect person to fill in Darna's boots. :) Again, thank you (photo taken April 2012) A photo posted by Angel Locsin (@therealangellocsin) on Oct 26, 2015 at 8:28am PDT

In 2014, Angel announced that she was playing the iconic Filipina superhero under the direction of Erik Matti. In an interview with ABS-CBN, Angel said the movie would be one of the biggest projects Star Cinema has ever produced. 

Angel previously played the role of Darna in 2005, when GMA 7 aired the show.  Darna has been portrayed by various actresses – among them Vilma Santos, Nanette Medved, Anjanette Abayari, and Marian Rivera. – Rappler.com