(UPDATED) A popular leading man is set to join the cast of the ABS-CBN inspirational series "Huwag Kang Mangamba", producer Dreamscape Entertainment announced on Monday, July 26.
"Makilala mo na siya sa #HuwagKangMangamba! Soon!" Dreamscape wrote as caption to a teaser trailer it released on its social media pages, showing glimpses of the mystery celebrity billed as "the star", "the actor", and "the leading man".
Many of the guesses pointed at Ian Veneracion, whose last television project with ABS-CBN was the 2020 primetime series "Make It With You".
Starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, the series is among the Kapamilya shows that were cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the government shutdown of ABS-CBN's broadcast operations on account of its lapsed franchise.
Finally, on Wednesday, July 28, Dreamscape confirmed that the mystery actor is indeed none other than Ian, and that he will play the role of "Elias" in the series.
Speaking about his character during a script reading for the show's new cast members, Ian said: "I'm really excited kasi si Elias, darating siya sa buhay ni Mira, pero 'di ko pwedeng sabihin sa inyo kung kaibigan ba siya, kalaban ba siya, mabait ba siya o masama. May pagka-surprise 'yun eh, so excited ako para sa character ko."
"Huwag Kang Mangamba" directors Manny Palo and Darnal Villaflor and creative producer Danica Domingo said Ian is perfect for the role as their goal is to depict a "mysterious character" who will teach sisters Mira, played by Andrea Brillantes, and Joy, portrayed by Francine Diaz, to fight for their faith in "Bro".
Aside from Ian, other stars who will be joining "Huwag Kang Mangamba" are Andi Abaya, as Mikay; Nash Aguas as Apollo; and Andrea del Rosario as Thelma.
"Huwag Kang Mangamba" started airing last March. Original cast members include Kyle Echarri, Seth Fedelin, Sylvia Sanchez, Eula Valdez, Mylene Dizon, RK Bagatsing, Nonie Buencamino, and Deither Ocampo.