Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival entry, “Ekstra (The Bit Player)” which marks the indie debut of the Star for All Seasons, Vilma Santos, goes in the filming stages with Marian and Piolo.
Once thought as an impossible team-up due to the “network wars,” Marian Rivera and Piolo Pascual will portray a couple in an upcoming film which features the indie debut of veteran actress Vilma Santos.
In “Ekstra,” Rivera and Pascual portray actors who topbill a TV series titled “Nauna Kang Naging Akin,” effectively making their debut project together in a film within a film.
According to entertainment columnist Ricky Lo, a recent shoot for “Ekstra” saw the characters of Rivera and Pascual play out a poor boy-rich girl scenario in the fictional “teleserye.” In one scene, the two meet in a sugarcane field after circumstances forced them apart, sealing the reunion with a kiss.
The two are contract stars of rival networks and would be impossible to bring together on television. But in the film within a film, Piolo and Marian play the lead stars of a soap opera called “Nauna Kang Naging Akin Book 2”.
Santos, who reportedly plays the maid of Rivera’s character in “Nauna Kang Naging Akin,” takes on another layer of portrayal as the title character of “Ekstra.”
Piolo is Brando, a poor sugarcane farmer in pursuit of Belinda, a rich haciendera played by Maria. Ate Vi plays the role of Belinda’s trusted househelp.
Like Ate Vi, Marian and Piolo have also waived their professional fees for the film, according to Atty. Joji Alonso, who is producing the film under her Quantum Films outfit.
Joining Santos in the cast of “Ekstra” are Cherie Gil, Pilar Pilapil, Nico Antonio, Marx Topacio, Olive Isidro, Tom Rodriguez, Tart Carlos, Ronaline Enriquez and Roli Inocencio.
Produced by Atty. Joji Alonso under Quantum Films and directed by Jeffrey Jeturian (“Be Careful With My Heart”), the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival entry centers on the character of Santos, who makes a living as an “extra” or bit player in films.
Film director Jose Javier Reyes will also make a cameo appearance as a director of the film within the film. Richard Yap of “Be Careful With My Heart” will likewise reportedly make an appearance in the Cinemalaya entry.
- Apoy Sa Dagat (philippinetvseries.wordpress.com)