Jennylyn Mercado to star in Koreanovela remake

Jennylyn Mercado to star in Koreanovela remake

- Jennylyn Mercado will be playing the role of Steffi Cheon’s character in the Filipino adaptation of the Koreanovela hit ‘My Love From The Star.’

- Director Joyce Bernal confirmed the casting herself during a short interview with PEP.ph

- No names were given on who will play the part of Matteo Do, the male lead in the drama

Filipino Koreanovela fans, rejoice!

Expectations just got higher for the Filipino adaptation of ‘My Love From The Star’ as Jennylyn Mercado was confirmed for the role of Steffi Cheon, the female lead role.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on Friday, August 7, the director of the remake herself, Joyce Bernal, disclosed the confirmation on the casting.

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Fans were excited to see Mercado’s take on the role given her acting reputation.

Jennylyn Mercado to star in Koreanovela remake

Fans were excited for Mercado’s next project on TV. (Photo credit: Twitter)

The remake of the fantasy-drama from 2014 was highly anticipated given its fresh plot and top ratings not only in Korea but in other countries as well.

In the story, an alien who landed on Earth during the Joseon Dynasty in Korea lived up to 400 more years to meet the love of his life in the character of Mercado, a top actress in the modern era.

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In line with Steffi’s character, the director was asked if the training of the actress with Jonas Gaffud had something to do with the role.

Jennylyn Mercado to star in Koreanovela remake

Jun Ji-Hyun originally played the character of Steffi. (Photo credit: onetvasia.com)

It can be remembered that just last month the photo of the actress with the famous personal coach of previous Filipina beauty queens including current Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach went viral. Even though fans speculated that it has something to do with Mercado’s next drama role, no confirmation has been made until then.

Bernal stated that since Steffi was supposed to be ‘model-like,’ Gaffud was perfect for the training.

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Earlier this year, ‘Pambansang Bae’ Alden Richards was rumored to play the character of the male lead, Matteo Do, but it seems like the winds have changed. If the director was confident before in mentioning Richards for the role, she wasn’t as sure as she was now – saying that she has yet to convene with GMA-7 on October to discuss the matter.

Jennylyn Mercado to star in Koreanovela remake

Fans initially requested Alden to portray the male lead. (Photo credit: PEP.ph)

Given the actor’s commitment with his current love team with Maine Mendoza, fans have started suggesting other male actors for the role of Matteo.

Kapuso actor Kiko Estrada, politician-son Jake Ejercito, and model Richard Juan were some of the names tossed in the pool of possible candidates.

Jennylyn Mercado previously starred in a Star Cinema film with John Lloyd Cruz entitled ‘Just the 3 of Us.’ It was directed by acclaimed director Cathy Garcia-Molina, who was also the woman behind box-office hits ‘One More Chance’ and ‘A Very Special Love.’

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