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Angel Locsin will no longer star in 'Darna' remake due to spinal injury

Angel Locsin - DarnaKapamilya star Angel Locsin appeared on Tonight with Boy Abunda on Monday night to announce that she will no longer reprise the role of Darna in the upcoming movie ramake of the Mars Ravelo classic. An emotional Locsin explained that she has decided to bow out of the Star Cinema project due to her health condition.  According to Angel, she has developed a disc bulge in her spine because of several horseback riding accidents from previous projects as well as from her current training for the Darna movie.

Angel also told Boy Abunda that her condition has worsen and that there were times that she can't get up or walk and the pain is too much that she needed to be rushed to the hospital.  She also said that with her condition, she can no longer do fight scenes and might not be able to bear a child in the future. Because of these, Angel said she had to give up the iconic role because she do not want to jeopardize her health and be a cause of delay for the production.

"It's really painful. Masakit po talaga, Tito Boy. Kami po ng ABS-CBN, nakapag-usap po kami, nag-decide po kami na mas makabubuti po sa lahat kung hindi ko na gagawin ang "Darna," Angel said.

She added that she asked for the TWBA interview so she can personally explain to fans why she backed out of the project. "Kaya po ako nandito dahil darating ang araw na mag-aannounce ang ABS ng bagong 'Darna.' Feeling ko it's my responsibility naman, kasi ang tagal din nilang umasa at naniwala sa akin. So, gusto kong marinig nila galing sa akin mismo kung ano ba talaga ang nangyari bakit hindi ko gagawin ang role ko," Angel said.

The actress also reassured fans that she is undergoing therapy and that there are other projects lined up for her but she will temporarily leave show business to undergo an immediate medical treatment abroad.

Star Cinema has also released a statement regarding Angel Locsin bowing out of the Darna project:

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE “DARNA” MOVIE WITH ANGEL LOCSIN

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Locsin first portrayed the iconic crime fighting super heroine in a television series aired in her then home network GMA in 2005. In 2013, ABS-CBN acquired the rights to Darna and other Mars Ravelo creations. Locsin was immediately on top of the list of Kapamilya actresses being seen to reprise the role. In 2014, Star Cinema officially announced that Angel will star in the highly anticipated Darna movie to be directed by Erik Matti.

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