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Bela Padilla to replace Nadine Lustre in ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’

Nadine backs out for medical reasons

Bela Padilla to replace Nadine Lustre in ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’

Miracle in Cell No. 7: The Filipino remake will be an entry to MMFF

Kapamilya actress Bela Padilla will replace Nadine Lustre in the Filipino remake of the hit Korean drama movie “Miracle in Cell No. 7” which will be an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) this December.

Miracle in Cell No. 7 Korean Drama
Miracle in Cell No. 7 Korean Drama

In a report by CNN Philippines, MMFF spokesperson Noel Ferrer confirmed that the 24-year-old Bela will replace Nadine who backed out because of medical reasons in the Viva Films movie.

Nadine Lustre photo via ABS-CBN
Nadine Lustre photo via ABS-CBN

“(Lustre) has begged off the project due to medical concerns and her resulting inability to perform her duties as an actress during the shoot up to the promotion of the film,” Nadine’s talent agency Viva Artists Agency said in a letter to the MMFF executive committee.

“We believe that Bela Padilla is an excellent actress and a bankable star and she will significantly contribute to the film’s artistry and commercial success,” the MMFF spokesperson told ABS-CBN News.

“Miracle in Cell No. 7” is a 2013 South Korean comedy-drama starring Ryu Seung-ryong, Kal So-won, and Park Shin-hye. The film is about a mentally challenged man wrongfully imprisoned for murder. He builds friendships inside the prison that helped him smuggle his daughter inside the prison.

Bela Padilla to replace Nadine Lustre in ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’
Bela Padilla to replace Nadine Lustre in ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’

Bela Padilla will join Aga Muhlach in the film directed by Nuel Nuval. Apart from Aga and Bela, joining the star-studded cast are Joel Torre, JC Santos, and Arjo Atayde. Bela and JC were the stars in the hit movie “100 Tula Para Kay Stella.”

Bela’s film past films also include “Camp Sawi,” “Meet me in St Gallen,” and “Fantastica.” She currently stars in the ABS-CBN drama series “Sino Ang Maysala?: Mea Culpa.”

Meanwhile, Aga’s last film was “First Love” with Bea Alonzo in 2018. He was also one of the judges in the reality talent show “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” last 2016.

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Written by Karl Valdez

A writer from the north who loves to spend his time thinking what dreams may come.

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