In early July, Viva Artists Agency announced that Nadine Lustre would be starring alongside Aga Muhlach for a remake of the 2013 Korean comedy-drama film, Miracle in Cell No. 7. The Philippine adaptation has already been shortlisted as an entry for the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) in December. Unfortunately, Lustre has since bowed out of the project due to medical reasons, according to Viva president Vincent Del Rosario.
When asked to clarify why she truly left the project, Lustre explained that she simply wanted to take care of herself and avoid long-term burnout. The Kapamilya actress has had a jam-packed year of projects, beginning with the romantic drama Ulan (starring Carlo Aquino) and the upcoming dance musical film Indak (starring Sam Concepcion). Lustre is also rumored to be working on another show with her real-life boyfriend, James Reid.
Meanwhile, fellow Kapamilya actress Bela Padilla will be stepping in to fill Lustre’s shoes. Fans may recognize Padilla from films Meet Me In St. Gallen (2018) and 100 Tula Para Kay Stella (2017), as well as her on-going teleserye Sino Ang May Sala?: Mea Culpa. Despite coming in as a substitute, Padilla is happy to take on the role and hopes to work with Lustre in future projects. Lustre likewise supports Padilla, expressing confidence in her talent as an actress.
— VAA (@VivaArtists) July 23, 2019
Miracle in Cell No. 7 will be vying for awards at the 2019 MMFF against contenders like Momalland (starring Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis), Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity (starring Maine Mendoza and Vic Sotto), and (K)ampon (starring Kris Aquino). The Korean comedy-drama follows the story of a mentally-impaired father who was wrongfully imprisoned. His fellow inmates in Cell No. 7 band together to help him reunite with his beloved daughter. While he is forced to confess to a crime he never committed and dies by capital punishment, his daughter is able to give him due justice many years later during a retrial, having become a lawyer herself. With the help of the former inmates of Cell No. 7, her father’s innocence is finally proven.