Philippine media company GMA Network has announced the main cast members of the upcoming Filipino live-action series Voltes V: Legacy.
The company has revealed on Monday that they have cast actors Radson Flores as “Mark” (Ippei Mine), Matt Lozano as “Big Bert” (Daijiro Go) and Raphael Landicho as “Little Jon” (Hiyoshi Go).
The company also revealed on Wednesday that the character of “Steve Armstrong” (Kenichi Go) will be played by Miguel Tanfelix, while “Jamie Robinson” (Megumi Oka) will be played by Yzabel Ortega.
The actors who will portray the characters “Prince Zardoz” (Prince Heinel) and “Zandra” (Katherine Rii) will be revealed on Friday, February 12, during the primetime newscast 24 Oras.
Radson Flores came from the seventh season of the popular reality talent show Starstruck in 2019, where he reached the competition’s Top 9 contestant before being eliminated.
He played minor roles in several television shows such as “Dear Uge”, “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko” and the long-running “Pepito Manaloto”.
Matt Lozano is a Filipino singer-songwriter and actor that came from noontime variety show Eat Bulaga! singing competition “Spogify”, where he is the winner.
Child actor Raphael Landicho previously portrayed roles in drama anthology shows “Magpakailanman”, “Maynila” and “Tadhana”, and, more recently, the primetime drama “Love of My Life”.
Yzabel Ortega is a Filipino actress and commercial model who started her career with ABS-CBN in 2014. She landed her first major role as main antagonist in afternoon drama “Pusong Ligaw” in 2017 as “Charlie Quiñones”.
She is the daughter of Filipino actor & politician Lito Lapid and former singer Michelle Ortega.
Miguel Tanfelix came from the reality talent search show Starstruck Kids in 2004, where he was the competition’s male runner-up.
His first big break as an actor is the lead role in the 2014 television drama series “Niño”, and his most recent role was “Ahmad Kamaya” in the 2019 drama “Sahaya”.
Tanfelix also voiced “Richard Hartford” (Kazuya Ryuzaki) in the redubbed version of the popular classic mecha anime Daimos, which was aired in 2017.
Voltes V: Legacy an upcoming Filipino live-action drama based on the popular classic mecha anime series Voltes V, produced by Toei Animation and Nippon Sunrise, which serves as the second installment of the Robot Romance Trilogy, that also includes Combattler V and Daimos.
The anime was directed by Tadao Nagahama and produced by Yoshiyuki Tomino, which was aired on Japanese television from 1977 to 1978, with a total of 40 episodes.
In the Philippines, the anime was first aired on GMA-7 in 1978 in English dubbing, but was discontinued due to “excessive violence” together with several programs. After the People Power Revolution in 1986, the anime has since been re-aired on several broadcasters, which had its resurgence when it was re-aired by GMA Network in 1999 in its primetime anime block.
The defunct anime channel HEROtv, owned by the media company’s previous competitor ABS-CBN, aired a redubbed Tagalog version in 2006, under the the name “Voltes V: Evolution”, which featured voices of local celebrities such as Dennis Trillo, Sandara Park and Michael De Mesa.
The media company also redubbed the show in 2017, featuring their own celebrity lineup including Derrick Monasterio, Bea Binene and Ken Chan.