Based on the bestselling 2013 novel by Singaporean satirist Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians is all set to hit the big screen courtesy of a feature -ength film adaptation directed by Jon M. Chu – whose past work behind the camera most notably includes the heist-thriller sequel Now You See Me 2. Since establishing himself as a premiere writer possessed of a talent that won the undivided attention of his readers, Kwan has already seen fit to expand his social parable about Asian-American cultures into the followup novel China Rich Girl – and has a third book already on the way for 2017, in the form of Rich People Problems.
Centering on a scenario in which the young Asian-American Rachel Chu – played in the film by Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu – takes a trip with her longtime boyfriend Nick Young – played in the film by newcomer Henry Golding – to Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians takes an unexpected turn when Rachel discovers that her Asian suitor comes from one of the wealthiest families in Malaysia. As a highly sought-after suitor, Chu suddenly has a target placed on her back in the form several competing socialites and Nick’s disapproving mother – played in the film by silver screen royalty Michelle Yeoh.
Per an official press release, the rest of the cast and crew involved in the making of Crazy Rich Asians includes such actors as Chris Pang (Marco Polo), Sonoya Mizuno (La La Land), Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show), and several Singaporean actors – most notably including Pierre Png, Fiona Xie, and Tan Kheng Hua. The movie will be co-produced by Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games) and Brad Simpson (World War Z) of Color Force, alongside John Penotti (Hell or High Water) of Ivanhoe. Tim Coddington, Robert Friedland, and Kwan will serve as executive producers, with Warner Bros. Pictures providing worldwide distribution.
Crazy Rich Asians is expected to film entirely on location in Singapore and Malaysia, with Vanja Cernjul (Marco Polo) serving as director of photography, Nelson Coates (Fifty Shades Darker) serving as production designer, Mary Vogt (Kong: Skull Island) serving as costume designer, and Myron Kerstein (Going in Style) serving as editor. As such, the movie should be more than capable of providing for an Asian-American narrative often untold on the big screen.
Chu is certainly a seasoned feature filmmaker with plenty of high-profile projects under his belt, but with Crazy Rich Asians the director will be testing his mettle further with a fairly complicated piece of contemporary social satire. Granted, it will be exciting in and of itself to see a major Hollywood production boasting a cast predominantly composed of Asian and/or Asian-American actors see theatrical release, so here’s to hoping for the very best in the meantime.
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Source: Warner Bros. Pictures