Veteran actress Sharon Cuneta is set to star in the movie adaptation of the award-winning novel The Mango Bride by Filipina author Marivi Soliven.
The country's Megastar shared the exciting news with her fans and followers through an Instagram post on Monday, February 21.
"SURPRISE! Hollywood, here come the PINOYS!!! Please pray for this project to succeed. My prayer is that it is able to open doors for ALL OF US in the industry - FINALLY!" she said.
Published in 2013, The Mango Bride centers on two Filipina women — Amparo, a quiet socialite born into a wealthy family, and Beverly, an impoverished Filipino waitress — whose lives intertwine when they migrate to Oakland, California to forge a new life.
The novel won the Grand Prize at the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, which is considered the highest literary prize in the Philippines, in 2011.
Speaking with US magazine Variety, Sharon said: “I wanted to do The Mango Bride because it’s the best way to connect to a global audience by putting some of the best Filipino talents and stories together to tell an emotional and uplifting story like this."
"I have long been a fan of Marivi Soliven’s writing, from ‘Suddenly Stateside,’ her collection of light essays about living in the U.S., to ‘The Mango Bride.’ She captures the Filipino migrant and Filipino American experience skilfully.”
The Mango Bride will be directed by Filipino-Canadian Martin Edralin (Hole, Emma) from a screenplay by Rae Red (Babae At Baril, Birdshot).
Filming will start in late 2022.