It seems so apparent that Singaporean writer Kevin Kwan’s 2013 best-selling novel Crazy Rich Asians is soon going to be turned into a film after gaining the attention of readers who saw his work as a brilliant fable relating to Asian-American cultures. It turned out to be such a success that director Jon M. Chu who directed the mind-bending thriller Now You See Me 2 is going to take control in adapting the book into a movie.
In the film, Constance Wu plays the young Asian-American Rachel Chu who takes a trip to Singapore with her longtime boyfriend Nick Young – portrayed by newcomer Henry Golding. In an unexpected turn, Rachel finds out that her Asian suitor belongs to one of the wealthiest families in Malaysia. What follows next sees Rachel keeping up with several socialites and Nick’s mother who will be played by the always impressive Michelle Yeoh.
Just recently, the cast has been announced in a press release. Consisting of Asian actors and actresses, Crazy Rich Asians will star Chris Pang (Marco Polo), Sonoya Mizuno (La La Land), Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show), and some Singaporean actors – including Pierre Png, Fiona Xie, and Tan Kheng Hua. The movie will be co-produced by Nina Jacobson of The Hunger Games and Brad Simpson (World War Z) of Color Force, alongside John Penotti who produced last year’s Hell or High Water. Warner Bros. will be in charge of worldwide distribution.
Filming locations are expected to take place in both Singapore and Malaysia with Vanja Cernjul of Marco Polo as its director of photography. Seeing that Chu has made a lot of high-profile films, it might be a bit of a challenge for him to take on a satire of contemporary taste. But still, he might be capable. We’ll just have to wish for the best as of now.
Philippine release date is to be announced.