Even before the dust could settle after Manny Pacquiao’s questionable casting in the historical biopic General Malvar, a local studio yesterday officially announced that the boxer-senator will be starring in another war movie with a “global” release.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Inspire Studios CEO Francis Ho said that the production house will be partnering with an undisclosed “major US studio” on the movie Freedom Fighters in 2020.
“We are currently in discussions with leading Hollywood and Philippine studios, financiers and distributors, as well as ‘A-List’ directors and actors to bring this amazing, inspirational story to the global audience,” he said.
Ho added that the “charismatic and beloved” Pacquiao will be playing the role of Filipino hero Col. Macario Peralta, Jr., who led the Philippine guerrilla resistance against Japan on Panay Island during World War II. (While Pacquiao may indeed be “charismatic and beloved,” the same can’t necessarily be said of his acting.)
Freedom Fighters will be based on Guerrilla Wife, a memoir written by American Louise Reid Spencer, a World War II survivor who resided in Hopevale, a community of American missionaries who stayed behind on Panay Island during the Japanese invasion.
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