Megastar Sharon Cuneta will portray the lead role in the upcoming Janet Lim Napoles movie, while her daughter KC Concepcion will play as Jeane Napoles, Janet’s controversial daughter. This is the very first time that Sharon and KC will be together in a movie.
“I’m very much thankful to Sharon and KC for accepting the roles. I promise that the moviegoers will see Sharon like they never see before.” Veteran writer-director Carlo J. Caparas told showbiz reporters during a mini press conference on Wednesday.
“I hope we can inspire other film producers to make more movies with social relevance. This movie is a very big gamble for us, but we’re willing to take the risk if it will help bring back the color of the dying movie industry.” Caparas added, with Sharon and KC not present in the said event.
According to the iconic writer-director, this Sharon Cuneta comeback movie will feature controversial scenes in real life. This includes Napoles surrendering to President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino in August 2013, and her first appearance in the Senate hearing for the alleged pork barrel scam.
Carlo J. Caparas became controversial in 2009 when then-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued a proclamation declaring him as National Artist. According to critics, Caparas is very close to the president. In 2013, the Supreme Court (SC) declared Arroyo’s proclamation as null and void.
The Janet Napoles movie will be produced by Golden Lion Films (with his wife Donna Villa), the same movie production outfit that produced controversial stories such as Vicsconde Massacre, The Maggie Dela Riva Story, and Lilian Velez Story, with Sharon Cuneta portraying the lead role.
Meanwhile, sources told TN that the Megastar is only the third choice for the title role. It was said to have offered first to Rosanna Roces, but she declined. Then, it was offered to Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, but she was then very busy doing the GMA telenovela, “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real.”
Nevertheless, the same source said that Sharon did not mind at all. In fact, she already accepted the role back in September, a month after she made a confession through her official Facebook page. That time, she admitted that she is into “middle-life crisis” but later vowed to make a comeback.
The filming of the movie was supposed to start last December, but Elaine Cuneta (Sharon’s mother and KC’s grandmother) passed away in early November. Both actresses requested Caparas to move the schedule, which Caparas and his wife readily agreed.
On the other hand, the role of Jeane Napoles was first offered to Marian Rivera. However, the GMA Primetime Queen was also busy for her wedding with Dongdong Dantes. Nevertheless, KC was said to be very excited for the role, especially that it is the first time that she will work with her mother.
The Sandiganbayan has already approved the movie, while filming is expected to start in February. Sharon and KC are set to formally announce the movie in a TV show, but it was not clear if it will be on TV5 or ABS-CBN. The movie is expected to be an official entry in the 2015 MMF (Metro Manila Film Festival) this December.
As of posting, Senator Francis “Kiko Pangilinan, Sharon’s husband, has not commented about this upcoming movie. On the other hand, a close family member of Janet Lim Napoles told TN that the alleged pork barrel queen will not receive any money from the movie. Instead, she will donate them to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
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