Known for her glamorous looks and on-point sartorial choices, Anne Curtis appears far from her usual image in the just-unveiled official poster of "BuyBust," her long-awaited action film under Erik Matti.
Ahead of the movie's August 1 release in local cinemas, the poster was released Friday night across Curtis' social media channels, each with millions of followers.
It shows the 33-year-old actress bloodied and bruised and with a determined expression, while holding a knife. "Kill or be killed," she captioned the poster.
In the action thriller, Curtis plays a PDEA operative whose team is trapped inside enemy territory. Trailers for the film show the drug enforcers negotiating their escape, before being forced into brutal brawls and gunfights with their targets.
Matti has raved about his lead actress' performance in the film, calling her the "real deal."
He wrote on Instagram in May: "She's a star! And to ask for such unconventional things from stars; to ask her to be dragged on a table full of breakables, to light her on fire with no double, to demand 3 days of gruelling 57 takes of 3-minute one tracking shot all night through with rain, jumps, punches and kicks is not at all easy.
"Others will have too many rules. Some will take shortcuts and not break out a drop of sweat. A lot of them will spend more time looking at the mirrors than doing the actual scenes. And most of them will think that that is already what committment means... Anne Curtis Smith is the real deal. She's a celebrity second. And a really good actor first."
Before its nationwide release, "BuyBust" will make its world premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival, which will run from June 29 to July 15. The date will be nearly two years since pre-production started on the film, which is billed as "the toughest shoot in Philippine cinema."
Co-produced by Reality Entertainment and Viva Films, "Buy Bust" also stars Brandon Vera, Victor Neri, and Nonie Buencamino.