It was announced on Showbiz Central today that Aljur Abrenica will play the role of “Machete” in a GMA primetime series set to air next year.
The Kapuso hunk actor is very happy that GMA gave him the coveted role which is also being considered for Dingdong Dantes. Even the original Machete, Cesar Montano, agrees that Aljur is perfect to reprise the role he played once in a Seiko Films movie back in 1990.
Machete is a story about a wooden Igorot warrior statue who comes to life and turns into a neighborhood stud. Cesar Montano is the first actor to play the role in 1990 and Gardo Versoza reprised the role in a sequel also made by Seiko films last 1994. On television, Joseph Bitangcol played the role in an episode of Komiks last 2006 on ABS-CBN. It was also briefly played by Derek Ramsay in Super Inggo, also in 2006.
Early next year (2011), the classic story of the wooden hunk sculpture will come to life once again as GMA will adapt the material as a primetime series to be shown under the telebabad block.
Who do you want to play Aljur’s 2 leading ladies reprising the roles of Rita Avila and Rosanna Roces? Perhaps these young Kapuso actresses are in the running: Nadine Samonte, Jennica Garcia, Jackie Rice, Ryza Cenon, Bianca King, or Sarah Lahbati. Or perhaps Aljur will get reunited with his former screen partner Kris Bernal? We’ll see.