Written by: Jerome P. Villanueva of Voltes V The Documentary
Published on: February 7, 2021 at 6:21 PM PHT (GMT+8)
Philippine broadcast giant GMA Network is set to reveal the cast of the much-anticipated live action series titled “Voltes V: Legacy” starting tomorrow (February 8, 2021) on 24 Oras, the network’s flagship newscast.
GMA Network acquired the rights to make a live-action adaptation of the series through Telesuccess Productions, TOEI's Philippine-based licensing company. Riot Inc. is in charge of the post-production and visual effects of the series, with approval and supervision from TOEI Company. The video graphic department of GMA Network would be involved the series as well. The network assured that all of the scripts, characters and creation of the Boazanian language have undergone review and approval by Toei prior final production.
In an Instagram post of “Voltes V: Legacy” director Mark Reyes, he posted a teaser stating Monday’s announcement is about the actors who will play the three Voltes V pilots namely Mark Gordon, Big Bert Armstrong and Little Jon Armstrong.
In a separate post by Reyes, a teaser unveiled that rounds of updates and cast reveals will happen next week.
The official Facebook page of “Voltes V: Legacy” published several graphic posters of the Voltes team and Boazanian Invasion Force.
The posters include: Steve Armstrong (Kenichi Go [剛健一] in Japan), Mark Gordon (Ippei Mine [峰一平] in Japan), Big Bert Armstrong (Daijiro Go [剛大次] in Japan), Little Jon Armstrong (Hiyoshi Go [剛日吉] in Japan), Jamie Robinson (Megumi Oka [岡めぐみ] in Japan), Prince Zardoz (Prince Heinel (プリンス・ハイネル] in Japan) and Zandra (Ri Katherine [リー・カザリーン]in Japan).
On December 3, 2020, Reyes posted a sneak peek of the Voltes V cast members during their Voltes V costume measurement taking.
Based on the exclusive interview of “Voltes V: Legacy” creative director Aloy Adlawan with PEP.PH last Sept 17, 2020, the chosen cast were doing script readings in the past months.
“Actually, they’ve been doing script readings na. For the past months, nag-script reading sila kaya tuluy-tuloy sila. (Actually, they've been doing script readings since then. For the past months, they've already been doing script reading that's why they are continuously doing it.)” Adlawan said.
In 2020, several artists auditioned for the various role for the program.
In a Feb. 20, 2020 report of 24 Oras, the network announced it has already chosen an actor to play the role of Volt crewzer pilot Steve.
An open public auditions for the role of Big Bert Armstrong was held at GMA Network Annex Building in Quezon City last Feb. 24, 2020.
“Voltes V Legacy” is a live action series produced by GMA and licensed by Japan-based Toei Company, Ltd. through its Philippine licensor Telesuccess Productions, Inc.
The show’s CGI is handled by the post production house Riot Inc. and GMA’s video graphics arm, GMA Post.
“Voltes V: Legacy” is the first live action adaptation of the classic 1977 anime mecha series titled “Chōdenji Machine Voltes V” (超電磁マシーン ボルテスV).