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ABS-CBN’s new ‘Darna’ traces roots to Bohol

Jane De Leon, who traces her roots from Tagbilaran City in Bohol province, was absolutely shocked to hear her biggest break as Darna!

ABS-CBN has found the new Darna!

“We have found a new Darna and she is none other than Jane de Leon!”  ABS-CBN Films’ managing director Olivia Lamasan announced on Wednesday, July 17.

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Jane De Leon at the man-made forest last June 2019. Photo from Jane De Leon Official

The Darna project has suffered multiple setbacks. It initially starred Angel Locsin, who previously played the titular character in a TV series on GMA network. However, Locsin dropped out of the project in 2015 due to a spinal injury.

Lamasan shared that almost 300 celebrities auditioned — from Star Magic and Starhunt to talent scouts and camps — for the iconic role.

De Leon, 20 and an exclusive talent of Star Magic, has appeared in a number of TV projects, including “Halik” where she played Jericho Rosales’s sister Maggie Bartolome.

She also appeared in 2017 fantasy drama series “La Luna Sangre” as one of the moonchasers.

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Jane De Leon. Photo from Jane De Leon Official

She was also part of “Walwal” (2018), “Debutantes” (2017), “Ipaglaban Mo Dignidad episode” (2018) and “Halik” (2018) and also a former member of Showtime’s “Giltrend” group.

Darna director Jerrold Tarog described De Leon as an instinctive actress.

De Leon is set to follow the footsteps of Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera in playing the iconic role.

De Leon, who traces her roots from Tagbilaran City in Bohol province, was absolutely shocked to hear the news. She was excited on a new chapter on her career with her biggest break as Darna!

But who is Jane De Leon?

Her real name is Jane Florence Benitez de Leon. She was born in Quezon City and grew up in San Pedro, Laguna City. Her mother, Hearty, hails from Ubujan, Tagbilaran City.

In her first YouTube blog created 8 months ago, she revealed that she was named after her grandmother Jane. Her second name was derived from her aunt’s name Flor and her dad, Ruel Florencio.

Jane visited Bohol last June 19 to see her relatives. She also visited some tourist attractions.

Handa na ba kayo sa paglipad ng bagong DARNA?!

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Jane De Leon. Photo from Jane De Leon Official

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