From playing the iconic Santino who has a unique relationship with “Bro” in May Bukas Pa (2009), Zaijian Jaranilla is tackling another interesting character in Star Cinema’s new coming-of-age comedy film Boyette.
Directed by Jumbo Albano, the film follows the story of Boyette (Zaijian), a 17-year-old asthmatic gay boy who was forced to pretend as a straight guy in order to join the prestige dance club where his childhood crush, Charles, is star dancer. Problem arises when he was likened by Nancy, the girl that Charles likes.
For Zaijian, who turned 19 two months ago, the film is not just another gay-themed story.
“In my point of view, it’s a story of teen gay who just wanted to be free. He’s afraid that society, the people around him will accept his true identity but the movie shows that although he’s physically weak, he’s very strong in many other aspects,” the young actor told Manila Standard Entertainment in a virtual interview.
“It’s a very personal story because it was inspired by my childhood and my won story. I couldn’t think of anyone who is better to play the role except for Zaijian,” shared the director.
Playing the characters of Charles and Nancy are Inigo Pascual and Maris Racal, respectively. Known by their fans as ‘MarNigo,’ Boyette marks the first Star Cinema project of Inigo and Maris together.
Boyette also marks the directorial debut of Direk Jumbo who has been with Star Cinema as part of the creative team. He wrote some of the Vice Ganda-led blockbuster movies such as Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad in 2017, Fantastica in 2018, and The Mall The Merrier in 2019.
Distributed by Cinexpress, the film will be out starting Nov. 27 on KTX.ph, iWant TFC app and website, TFC IPTV, Cignal pay-per-view, and Sky Cable pay-per-view for P150.00 only.
Using the iWant TFC app, which is downloadable from Google Play and App Store, or using the main website iwanttfc.com, you may register or log-in through e-mail, mobile no. or Facebook account. Search for the movie title and click ‘purchase’ to get a ticket.