The behind-the-scenes teaser (embedded above) has dropped for TBA’s long-gestured “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral,” the follow-up to the studios’ revolutionary sleeper, “Heneral Luna.” We’ve seen it a couple times in theater previews, but TBA has finally debuted it last Valentine’s Day, taking to Facebook, for all the internet to see (and inevitably make GIFs out of). The film is the second in a planned trilogy of period biopics set in the Philippine revolutions; all three films are directed by Jerrold Tarog.
“The scope,” co-executive producer E. A. Rocha says. “Everything is just bigger. We just gave it everything.” Should the B.T.S. featurette be our indication, ‘sir Rocha isn’t fooling around.
The story, which trails Gregorio Del Pilar (played by Paulo Avelino), is one, per Tarog, “about a man who hasn’t yet realized how big his responsibility is in leading the war.” Del Pilar, who is also known as Goyo, “goes through [an] existential journey into heroism,” follows Rocha. To which ‘sir Nando Ortigas, co-executive producer, adds: “Is the hero an idol, or is the hero a leader? That’s one of the questions “Goyo” brings out.”
Watch the trailer here:
Tarog is directing a script he co-wrote with Rody Vera (“Norte, Ang Hangganan ng Kasaysayan”). The film stars Paulo Avelino, Mon Confiado, Epy Quizon, Arron Villaflor, Alvin Anson, and Carlo Aquino, among many others from its stellar ensemble. Though a release date has yet to be locked in—I suspect, that like with “Luna,” the studio wants to be painstakingly strategic with timing—TBA is promising a 2018 release.