Lucky 13 strikes on screen

Talk Back and You’re Dead promises to be one of the biggest youth-oriented movies of the year. It doesn’t only boast of James Reid and Nadine Lustre, but also Kapamilya hunk Joseph Marco.

More so, it also features 11 of VAA’s (VIVA Artists Agency) most promising young male talents.

Together with James and Joseph, these guys form the movie’s Lucky 13, a notorious “gang” of rich kids that figures prominently in the complicated romance between its Top and Sam.

The Lucky 13 has caught the fancy and imagination of female fans of the best-selling book on which the movie is based since the story debuted on a couple of years ago.

Lucky 13: young male talents of Viva Artists Agency
VAA’s Josh Padilla, Aki Torio, Cliff Hogan, Bret Jackson, Billy Villeta, Kiko Ramos, Arkin del Rosario, King Certeza, Clark Merced, Carlo Lazerna and Ryan Kevin breathe life to the Lucky 13 gang.

Josh is an actor, singer, musician, commercial model and host. He is the son of ‘80s music hit maker Gino Padilla. A student at Ateneo, he has starred in a couple of TV shows and currently an MTV Pinoy VJ. He plays Six, “the chubby chaser,” in the gang.

Meanwhile, Aki is a Filipino-Japanese actor, dancer, singer and commercial model. He was a member of the hit pop-dance recording act XLR8. He has likewise starred in a few TV shows, including Walang Tulugan. He plays Jun, “the selfie king.”

Bret, the other member or the gang, is a Filipino-American actor and singer. He was part of the Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash 2010, the show in which James Reid emerged as grand winner. In the gang, he is Jack, “the joker.”

Cliff is an actor and singer. He is one of the newest talents of VAA, having signed after he caught TV viewers’ attention as a Justin Bieber look-alike in It’s Showtime. He plays Omi with “the killer smile.”

Billy is an actor, commercial and runway model. He was a participant in last year’s Mister Philippines pageant and Cosmo Bash. In Talk Back and You’re Dead, he plays the role of Vin, the gang’s “silent type.”

Arkin is an actor, singer and dancer. He was also a member of XLR8. He already has an acting nomination to his name (New Movie Actor of the Year from the 2014 PMPC Star Awards for

Movies for the indie film Pagari). He plays Seven, “the most vain” in the group.

Kiko is an actor, singer and dancer who also came from XLR8. He was in Diary ng Panget The Movie and the gag show Wapak on Viva TV. He is a member of the new vocal group Voice Boys. In the movie, he plays Pip, a.k.a. “boy pick-up.”

Carlo is an actor, singer and dancer who also started with XLR8. He released his self-titled debut album last year and starred in the indie movie Dorm Boys in 2012. He plays Dos, Lucky 13’s “alaskador.”

Ryan is an actor, singer and dancer who also started with XLR8. He has appeared in two movies, Menor de Edad, starring Meg Imperial, and Dorm Boys. He plays the role of Mond, Lucky 13’s “flashy one.”

Clark is an actor and model. He was last seen in Viva’s Diary ng Panget and ABNKKBSNPLAKo?! The Movie. He also joined Solaire Bodyshots pageant. He plays Sun, Lucky 13’s “Mr. Sunshine.”

King is an actor. He signed with VAA very recently and is a certified showbiz newbie aside from being picked as a Candy Cutie by Candy magazine. He plays the role of Kyo, “the brokenhearted prince.”

Talk Back And You’re Dead opens in cinemas nationwide on Aug. 20.

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