- Journalist Atom Araullo is entering the film industry as he will be playing the lead role in a movie by Mike De Leon
- Atom will play the lead character of the upcoming film entitled "Citizen Jake"
- "Citizen Jake" which will tackle citizen journalism, social media, and politics will be the last film of the highly-acclaimed director Mike De Leon
Atom Araullo, an admired journalist for his credibility and high-caliber image in the field of news and public affairs is set to have a new project. But surprisingly , it is not another documentary or a public affairs show.
Highly-acclaimed filmmaker Mike de Leon, the person behind movies such as Itim, Batch '81 and Sister Stella L has chosen Atom to star in his new masterpiece entitled "Citizen Jake".
Atom's background is definitely an advantage as the movie's theme would be “the world of citizen journalists, social media and politics” as hinted by de Leon. Though Atom is expected to have several adjustments in portraying his role in the upcoming film, he said that he could not say no to the hailed filmmaker. Atom shared:
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"I just couldn’t say no to Mike de Leon. I am taking this leap of faith because I believe in his ability to produce films of exceptional quality that are always imbued with social relevance.”
Atom will also collaborate with De Leon and writer Noel Pascual in creating the screenplay. De Leon said:
“Atom is a very intelligent person, with a deep social conscience—and he writes very well.”
Atom shared that he had intense yet enjoyable discussions with de Leon and Pascual and praised the director for his genius ideas. He stated:
“Mike is a genius obviously, and I’m just trying my best to keep up. I really appreciate the trust he has given me in helping shape the script and its message.”
"Citizen Jake" will be the last film of De Leon. He described working with Atom as a strange, but interesting experience for [him]…not only because it will probably be [his] last film, but because [he's] got an interesting subject matter.”
Atom has previously resigned as a reporter in ABS-CBN but he remains as the network's talent.
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