The Jakarta Post
'Patriot Taruna: Virgo and The Sparklings' will start filming next year. (twitter.com/jokoanwar/File)
Patriot Taruna: Virgo and The Sparklings is the next film within the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe. Scheduled to hit theaters in 2020, the film is produced by Joko Anwar, Bismarka Kurniawan and Wicky V. Olindo.
Virgo is a character created by Jan Mintaraga in the Kapten Halilintar (Captain Lightning) comic series in the 1970s. She often appears in other comics, such as Patriot: Prahara, which features 30 superheroes within the universe.
In 2017, Annisa Nisfihani and Ellie Goh adapted the character into a weekly online comic series Virgo and The Sparklings available on global digital comic platform Line Webtoon. Set in the modern era, Virgo, aka Riani, is described as a university student who is able to see the colors of sound and later forms a band called The Sparklings with her friends, Monica on drums and Ussy on keyboard. The series has been translated into 15 languages.
Adhisty Zara, aka Zara JKT48, will play as Virgo in the film. The shooting process will begin next year.
Adhisty Zara, aka Zara JKT48, poses with comic series 'Virgo and The Sparklings' during a press conference on Sept. 7 in Central Jakarta. (Screenplay Bumilangit/File)
Production company Screenplay Films and entertainment company Bumilangit are currently in search of new actors to play Virgo’s bandmates, Monica and Ussy, and Virgo’s friend, Leo. The casting is open to those aged from 14 to 19 and are able to act and sing or play music instruments. Participants are required to show their talents in a one-minute video uploaded to social media with the hashtag #VirgoTalentSearch by Sep. 9 at 8 p.m.
Joko Anwar hoped Virgo Talent Search could be the way to find new talents for the Indonesian film industry. “People have often asked why actors [in Indonesian movies] are always the same people – not only the actors, but the filmmakers are also the same. We’re really lacking in human resources,” Joko told Antara news agency.
Prior to the release of Patriot Taruna: Virgo and The Sparklings, Bumilangit Cinematic Universe had introduced Joko Anwar's superhero film Gundala, which was released in late August. (wir/wng)
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