James Reid withdraws from ‘Pedro Penduko’ movie

James Reid withdraws from ‘Pedro Penduko’ movie
The actor and singer backs out of the movie due to spinal injury

MANILA, Philippines — Actor James Reid will no longer be playing the title role of Pedro Penduko after sustaining a spinal injury.

James’ talent agency Viva said in a statement on May 31, Friday, said that it “regretfully” accepts the actor’s decision to withdraw from the film, citing medical reasons.

James has spinal injuries and the film Pedro Penduko involves intensive training and major stunts.

“His regular therapy and treatment prohibits him to train hard or perform for the rigid requirements.”

Viva also said that the Idol Philippines judge has spent a year training for the role and that they appreciated his dedication to it.

Instead of Pedro Penduko, James will do a remake of the movie Spellbound, starring real life girlfriend Nadine Lustre.

On Twitter, Treb Monteras, who was earlier announced as the director of the movie said, he was saddened by the news of James dropping out of the movie.

“I am saddened like everyone else upon hearing the news that James Reid will no longer be playing the role of Pedro Penduko because of an injury. For me, the health and well-being of our artist and production team come first. It is just a movie, after all.

“I really admire James’ dedication and professionalism, and it will be hard to look for a replacement for his role. I am praying for his speedy recovery and look forward to working with him in the future.”

It was announced back in 2018 that James would take on the role of Pedro Penduko in the movie that Viva Films and Epik Studios would be doing. The movie is part of a “cinematic universe” that both companies are planning to do with other characters.

The original Pedro Penduko comics tells the story of a Filpino boy who fights the forces of evil with an amulet. In the new version, written by Regene Estolatan for Epik Studios, the story is told through a boy named Peter Harris, who was raised by his adoptive American father.

The character was based on on the hero created by National Artist for Literature Francisco V Coching. The role has been brought to life by 4 actors — Efren Reyes Sr, Ramon Zamora, Janno Gibbs in the movies, and Matt Evans on television. – Rappler.com



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