James Reid to play superhero
Viva artist and Kapamilya star James Reid is playing Pedro Penduko on the big screen.
Although a release date for the movie is yet to be revealed, according to James, who was presented during the opening day of History Con 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, filming for the movie has already began and will continue until next year.
The other half of the popular love team, JaDine, emerged as the top choice to take on the re-imagined version of the superhero, first created by Francisco Coching, a national artist for the visual arts.
Pedro Penduko is consistently portrayed a normal human being who has no superpowers, but is resourceful and quick-witted in battling evil forces. He is aided by a magical amulet.
In 1994 and 2000 movies, he was introduced as a descendant of a family of legendary heroes but is coward to fight evil forces.
Now, in the re-imagined version, written by Regene Estolatan under Epik Studios, the next “chosen one” is a wimpy teen named Peter Harris, who was raised in the United States by his adoptive father.
Filipino actor Efren Reyes Sr. was the first to play the role followed by Ramon Zamora. The most popular Pedro Penduko was Janno Gibbs, who appeared in two Pedro Penduko movies. Meanwhile, Matt Evans was the first actor to reprise the role on television.