Denise Laurel would have been my first choice as well.
If kay Jessy nga 'to, methinks Joseph Marco would be a good leading man. (Wala akong ibang maisip from current lineup of visible Kapamilya actors na babagay eh, "looks+acting"-wise.)
(BTW, read somewhere na mukhang sa TV5 si Lovi Poe and meron nang naka-lineup na teleserye for her dun. Sayang kung totoo!)