Isko Moreno to play Andres Bonifacio in new Erik Matti film

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 11) — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno will play the role of Andres Bonifacio in a period movie to be directed by Erik Matti, the filmmaker himself revealed.

"We've decided upon so many considerations...we decided to get Yorme Isko Moreno as our Bonifacio for this movie," Matti told CNN Philippines' The Final Word.

Matti explained that the actor-turned-politician is perfect for the role given the parallels he and the Filipino hero have - being both coming from Tondo, being theater actors, and most importantly, their love for the City of Manila.

When asked if the new film might be used as a campaign vehicle in case Moreno runs for higher office in the 2022 elections, Matti said: "From our end, we just want to do a movie and if he runs for higher office I'm there for him."

A film about a failed revolution

The director said they specifically chose the revolutionary leader since he is a "man of action."

The film tentatively entitled "May pag-asa," a pen name used by Bonifacio, will tell the story of how an uprising against the Spaniards failed because of Filipinos themselves.

"I think it's crucial because Bonifacio marks the failure of a revolt against the Spaniards and we wanted to dissect that failure on why we could not unite as a country and win over the country back from its oppressor," Matti explained.

"Mainly, it is ran by a character story by Bonifacio, which we haven't seen in most of the supremo movies, a dissection of a man who failed to win the rebellion and how it affected him as a hero," he added.

Matti also noted that the divisiveness during the time of revolution is very much relevant today.

"We wanted to tell a story that could be relevant for 2021...Upon looking at it, I think the divisiveness that we are having right now in the country is really what made us think that the Bonifacio movie which also was rife with divisiveness during that time they wanted to win over the Spaniards, I think those issues during that time make the whole film relevant to us nowadays," he pointed out.

Matti said they will start filming the movies three to four weeks from now, and that they hope to show it on the big screen as soon as it is completed.