With her beautiful face and sexy body, the last thing anyone would think Sarah Lahbati will star in is a screamer on demon possession. But in “Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz,” she transcends stereotypes by delivering a fine performance beyond clichés of the genre.
The story of the movie revolves around a disturbed woman who wounded her nanny then jumped out of a balcony. As her boyfriend and a lady cop try to unravel the circumstances, the plot thickens upon discovery that the deceased was close to the school guidance counselor, who was a former cult member. A local parish priest seems to know more than he is letting on and as the film climaxes, the character Sarah plays is put in mortal danger.
At the premiere held a few days ago, moviegoers found themselves breathless over the story made even more mysterious and foreboding with ambience eerie and creepy. Connecting the dots with the lead characters is engrossing to keep anyone at the edge of his seat. It’s no wonder “Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz” has been graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board and Rated R-13 without cuts by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.
Also starring Julian Trono and Shy Carlos, the movie is a Kamikaze Pictures presentation distributed by Viva Films and Reality Entertainment.
With Liza Soberano already confirmed to play the role of Darna in an upcoming Erik Matti film, the race is on as to who will play her main nemesis, Valentina.
Among early contenders is Sarah and she is more than willing to do it, too.
“Sana, sana ako (’yung makuha),” she was quoted to have said on PEP.
Sarah believes portraying the villain on film will be a good challenge on her abilities as actress.
“When I was a kid, I would (always) watch superhero movies, talagang it’s something close to my heart. Nagmu-Muay Thai ako at boxing so I’m very boyish on that way na alam kong kaya kong lumaban sa mga fight scenes,” she explained.
She expressed excitement over the possibility of working with Liza and Erik.
“Nagkita na kami ni Liza sa ‘ASAP’ and na-congratulate ko na siya as Darna,” she shared. “I would (also) love to work with Direk Erik kung saka-sakali.”
She’s leaving the decision to ABS-CBN’s hand as “ayoko rin namang umasa.”
“Basta ang alam ko, kung meant to be for me, meant to be. Kung para sa iba, para sa iba.”
On talks that Anne Curtis-Smith is also up for the role, she said, “Kung sino man ang mapili, I will support (the decision). Kung si Anne man, I will support her. We’re both from Viva. We’re Viva sisters and she’s a good person and I know that she will do well kung siya sakali ang mapili.”
Richard as Kapamilya
Meanwhile, Sarah admitted she influenced Richard Gutierrez’s recent transfer to ABS-CBN.
“We talked about it a lot. Hindi naging madaling desisyon para sa kanya dahil napamahal na rin siya sa kabilang network kung saan siya nanggaling at sumikat, so it was not an easy decision to make,” she noted.
Richard is currently seen on “La Luna Sangre,” as Sandrino, an idea that Sarah considers irresistible.
“Aalis kami dapat ng matagal. Biglang dumating ang ganitong offer, how can you resist an offer like this? Matagal naming pinag-isipan at pinag-usapang dalawa if he should do it.”
“’Yung role kasi, hindi pa niya nagagawa ’yun kahit kailan. And to be a kontrabida of KathNiel (Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla) sounds like fun,” she added. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)
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