James Reid is officially portraying the role of folk superhero ‘Pedro Penduko’ on the big screen.
Viva Artists Agency confirmed the news on its official Instagram account, following the big reveal at History Con 2017 on Aug 10, Thursday at the World Trade Center.
In an interview with PEP.ph, James said he has never played the role of a superhero before.
“It’s my first time to take on a big role (like Pedro Penduko),” he shared.
The reboot is slated to revitalize the image of the famous komiks character – originally created by National Artist for the Visual Arts Francisco Coching – to appeal to the new generation.
The Pedro Penduko many have come to know is an ordinary Filipino who fights off evil forces with the help of a magical amulet, different from Regene Estolan’s take.
The Epik Studios writer of the re-imagined version assigns Reid as a wimpy teen named Peter Harris, raised in the US by his adoptive father.
When his father dies, he comes back to the Philippines to look for his mother, who he will later find out to have been victimized by a curse of the ruler of East Kasamaan.
The journey to find a cure for his mother will slowly unveil his no ordinary identity, and that a loser and whiny wimp like him might just be “the prophesied ‘chosen one’ who will save the entire town from the rising evil that threatens it.”
According to the half-Aussie actor, filming has already begun and will continue until next year, citing elaborate processes to ensure a ‘high-tech’ version of the superhero story. The reboot is set for a 2018 theater release, though no exact date was revealed.
Previous actors who played the role of Pedro Penduko were Janno Gibbs, appearing in two movies back in 1994 and 2000. Matt Evans later reprised the role on television in 2006.
What are your thoughts on James Reid taking on the role of the ‘chosen one’? We think it’s awesome!
Photo screen-grab from Viva Artists Agency