‘Voltes V: Legacy’ series to premiere May 8 on GMA
After four years in production, an intensive social media campaign, and a theatrical run, the first-ever live-action adaptation of the phenomenal Japanese ‘70s anime ‘Voltes V’ finally makes its highly-anticipated premiere on the GMA Network this May 8.
“Voltes V: Legacy” is a remake of the original series, with updated animation and a modernized storyline. The show will still feature the five pilots – Steve, Big Bert, Little Jon, Jamie, and Mark – who come together to form the mighty Voltes V robot to fight against the evil Boazanian Empire intent on invading the earth.
The upcoming 80-episode series is touted to be the Network’s most expensive and biggest TV production to date. That’s why acclaimed director Mark Reyes emphasizes that the series is an epitome of Pinoy pride, “Close to 1,000 people ang nagtulungan para malikha itong buong series in a span of 3 to 4 years. It was a long, complex, pandemic-stricken challenge for everyone involved. Pero I can proudly say that the whole team succeeded with a 100% Pinoy-made production that will entertain audiences not only locally, but also globally.”
Headlining “Voltes V: Legacy” are some of the country’s hottest young actors: Miguel Tanfelix as Steve Armstrong, Ysabel Ortega as Jamie Robinson, Matt Lozano as Big Bert Armstrong, Radson Flores as Mark Gordon, and Raphael Landicho as Little Jon Armstrong.
Miguel highlights why the spin-off will be special not only to the OG fans, but also to the new generation, “Gusto naming ma-experience ng Gen Z ang naramdaman noon ng mga magulang nila nung kabataan nila. ‘Yung feeling na uuwi ka galing school tapos mahu-hook ka sa kuwento ng magkakaibigan at pamilya. Gusto naming ipa-feel sa kanila ‘yung tuwa, lungkot, excitement, takot at lahat ng emosyon.”
The cast of “Voltes V: Legacy” also includes Kapuso Drama King Dennis Trillo as Ned Armstrong, the father of the three Armstrong brothers; Max Collins as Rozalia, a humanoid alien and the first wife of Ned; and Carla Abellana as Mary Ann Armstrong, Ned’s wife from planet Earth who will help him in creating Voltes V. Joining the ensemble cast are Gabby Eigenmann as Commander Robinson, the father of Jamie and the co-designer of Voltes V; and Albert Martinez as Dr. Smith, a colleague of Dr. Armstrong who will assist in the development of Voltes V.
Set to breathe life to the characters of the main antagonists are Martin del Rosario as Zardoz, the Prince of Boazanian Empire who wishes to conquer Earth; Liezel Lopez as Zandra, the unrequited lover of Zardoz; Epy Quizon as Zuhl, the scientist who will invent the Anti-Super Electromagnetic Device to destroy Voltes V; Carlo Gonzales as Draco, the three-horned general sent to Earth with Zardoz and Zandra.
Adding thrill to the series are the other Boazanian forces: Chanda Romero as Contessa; Christian Vasquez as Emperor Zambojil; Ryan Eigenmann as Barron Zander; Dion Ignacio as Obgen; Carlos Siguion-Reyna as Emperor; Bibeth Orteza as Fadsa; Juan Rodrigo as Baden; Mike Lloren as General Watson; Jamie Wilson as Garth; Brent Valdez as Magus; Nico Antonio as Oslak; Khaine Dela Cruz as young Zardoz.
Completing the powerhouse cast are the members of Camp Big Falcon: Neil Ryan Sese as Dr. Hook, Elle Villanueva as Eva; Crystal Paras as Judy; Jamir Zabarte as Tomas; Kyle Ocampo as Amira; Migs Villasis as Apable; Kimson Tan as Tadao; Sophia Senoron as Ally; Julia Pascual as Anna; Dave Duque as PJ; Joaquin Manansala as Sergeant Major Edwards; Angela Alarcon as Chief Kelly; Marx Topacio as Master Chief; Kokoy de Santos as Harvey Perez; Sharmaine Arnaiz as Luisa; Jon Lucas as R.S. Ignacio; Marinella Sheen Del Pilar as Dr. Alonzo; JR Calinoc as EDF soldier; Seth dela Cruz as young Steve; Steven Canja as young Big Bert.
GMA star Julie Anne San Jose sings the official Japanese theme song of “Voltes V: Legacy,” “Voltes V No Uta.”
The live action series is produced by GMA Network in partnership with Toei Company, Ltd. and Telesuccess Productions Inc., with VFX done by GMA’s Post Video Graphics and Audio team and Riot Inc. handled the program’s heavy CGI and other visual effects.
“Voltes V: Legacy” airs weeknights at 8:00 p.m. on the GMA Telebabad block and at 9:40 p.m. on GTV.
Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV. For more stories about the Kapuso Network, visit www.GMANetwork.com.