As soon as Janine Gutierrez inked her new contract with ABS-CBN last 15 January, netizens immediately pitched their dream projects for her including the premier role of Filipino superhero, Darna despite Jane de Leon who had already been presented by the network company’s bosses as the chosen one.
Netizens immediately shared Janine’s contract signing photos expressing their desire that that 31-year-old actress should play Darna. This is contrary to recent rumors that Janine will play the villain role, Valentina.
To justify their sentiments, Twitter users mentioned Janine’s recent accolades including Gawad Urian and FAMAS 2020 Best Actress awards for her movie Babae at Baril.
They added that it was a heroic move by Janine to stand in solidarity with Kapamilya artists when the network was shut down last May. Further, her eloquence in sharing socially aware sentiments makes her a “Darna material.”
The clamor among fans to push Janine for the iconic role came after director Jerrold Tarog’s decision to let go of the production due to scheduling conflicts and which was surmised by the actress’ followers as an opportunity for changes.
Another project proposal for the actress is a film with Kapamilya stars Kathryn Bernardo and Liza Soberano.
However, Janine’s sure project as of now is a romance film with Paulo Avelino Ngayon Kaya. Its supposed April 2020 release was pushed back due to the pandemic and might come out instead in March or May this year.
Janine is also reportedly joining a new ABS-CBN drama series Amar a Muerte headlined by Maja Salvador and John Lloyd Cruz. She will play the role of Eva Carvajal who is opposite Salvador’s character, Lucia.
Amar a Muerte will also cast Ian Veneracion, Arjo Atayde, RK Bagatsing, Roxanne Guinoo, Miko Raval, Sue Ramirez, Charlie Dizon, Joshua Colet, Claire Ruiz, Anna Luna and Gina Pareño.
Janine expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome on her Twitter.
“I am so excited and I am thankful to all of you,” she tweeted in Filipino.