Isko Moreno Set to Star as Ninoy Aquino in Upcoming Darryl Yap Film
Darryl Yap's sequel to the highly controversial Maid in Malacañang is apparently in the works. According to reports, his next film, Martyr or Murder, is set to debut in 2023, which would coincide with the 37th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Former Manila mayor Francisco "Isko" Moreno has been confirmed to star as Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.
In a recent post, Yap confirmed the news with the caption "The Filipino is worth dying… INSIDE," with the hashtags #MoM2023, #MoM, and #MARTYRorMURDERER.
Maid in Malacañang earned the ire of human rights group, historians, and more upon its release. The family drama is a fictionalized retelling of the Marcos family's last three days in Malacañang Palace, leading to their exile in Hawaii after the People Power Revolution in 1986. It was criticized for its supposed "malicious" portrayal of the Aquino family and the protesters during the uprising.
Yap had already been writing the screenplay to the Maid in Malacañang sequel in October. Critics expect the next film to address the Marcos' alleged involvement in the murder of Aquino.
In the past, Yap has said that he's been considering Philip Salvador and Joey Marquez for roles like Marcos' Armed Forces of the Philippines Commanding Officer Fabian Ver.