While award-winning and much sought-after writer/director Jason Paul Laxamana (100 Tula Para Kay Stella, The Day After Valentines, and Just a Stranger) is tasked to write and direct the film, which is a reimagining of Francisco Coching’s classic Filipino comic book character Pedro Penduko.
“Matteo Guidicelli plays the title role of Pedro Penduko and has been undergoing training for the action scenes required by the film,” stated the official PR statement from Viva Films and Epik Studios, which pikapika.ph managed to obtain today.
“Matteo’s recent training as an elite scout ranger with the Armed Forces of the Philippines will truly be of use in this action film. Matteo is a popular actor who has appeared in several movies and TV series, and is also a top Viva Recording artist.”
Meanwhile, Director Jason Paul Laxamana’s vision for Penduko, “is to reintroduce the character to the current generation and use Penduko as a platform to explore Filipino martial arts, culture, and folklore.”
The Penduko filming, according to Viva and Epik, has already started and the movie is due for release in 2020.
Attached is the full PR statement from Viva Films and Epik Studios: