Liza Soberano has expressed her happiness and excitement for Jane de Leon after recently bagging the coveted role of Darna.
In a statement shared by ABS-CBN News' MJ Felipe on Saturday, the 21-year-old actress was quoted as saying that she believes Jane has what it takes not just to portray and but to give justice to the iconic superheroine.
"I'm so happy for Jane de Leon and Star Cinema. I believe she embodies everything Darna possesses. Beauty, brains, strength, empathy and kindness," she said.
She also said that she's open to helping Jane "if ever she feels the weight of responsibility bestowed upon her" as the new Darna.
"I'm so excited for her career and to watch the movie! I can already feel Darna's success," she added.
Jane, for her part, confirmed that she and Liza have already talked in private regarding the project.
"She's so sweet and nice," she said. "Thank you, [Liza]! See you soon!"
Out of nearly 300 aspirants, Jane emerged as the rightful actress to become Darna in the open auditions held by ABS-CBN Films and Star Hunt after Liza backed out of the project in April due to her finger injury.
According to film director Jerrold Tarog, the deicison to select Jane for the role was "unanimous". "The execs wanted a new face for Darna and I was all for it. The short list was a good mix but ultimately it was about who could carry the role."