She's Dating the Gangster Features Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla

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Teen actors Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo are set to star in the movie adaptation of young adult romantic novel She’s Dating the Gangster.

According to the Summit Media site, She’s Dating the Gangster, by local author Bianca Bernardino, is a story about two teenagers, Athena Dizon and Kenji de los Reyes, whose pretend relationship eventually turns deeper.

She’s Dating the Gangster first earned a following on social media-based publishing site Wattpad in 2006. The book became a bestseller in local bookstores Powerbooks and National Bookstore after its release by Summit Media in March 2013. Summit Media President Ms. Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng said the book has sold over 50,000 copies.

Although Bernardino admitted that she first had Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu in mind back in 2006, she sees that Padilla and Bernardo are a great fit for the current generation.

She described Padilla’s TV persona as that of a “bad boy,” but she adds that much like Kenji, there's still a sweetness beneath the tough veneer. Kathryn, she said, whose roles often feature underdogs with a fighting spirit, is a good fit with the character of Athena.
According to a tweet by Summit Media, the film, to be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, will begin filming in March. KathNiel recently starred in the 2014 MMFF entry Pagpag.
Similar to the book, the KathNiel loveteam has established a solid fan base on social media. Individually, the two stars have each amassed quite a number of supporters on Twitter, both with over 2 million followers each as of writing.

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