People’s champ and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao is said to play the role of local hero Col. Macario Peralta Jr. in a Hollywood-Philippines global feature film entitled ‘Freedom Fighters’. The movie will be produced by Inspire Studios, Inc. and is set to be released in 2020.
“Freedom Fighters will be a global, Hollywood studio-level release. We are currently in discussions with leading Hollywood and Philippine studios, financiers and distributors, as well as A-List directors and actors to bring this amazing, inspirational story to the global audience. Having the charismatic and beloved Sen. Manny Pacquiao join by playing Col. Peralta is an exciting step in putting together a cast of top-tier actors for this movie. Manny is a worldwide hero and admired by people from all over the world, so stepping into this role is a natural for him,” states Francis Lara Ho, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Studios.
The storyline is based on the memoirs of Louise Spencer, a resident of Hopevale, a community comprised by patriots in Panay Island during World War II. It narrates the story of a group of Americans – doctors, nurses, miners, and missionaries – in Panay Island who chose to stay and help local people and the Guerilla resistance led by Col. Macario Peralta Jr during the Japanese invasion. Called Hopevale, the community survived for two years under constant threat.