Kevin Kwan’s novel Crazy Rich Asians is the type of story that encompasses a scope and grandiosity that only a gifted writer could pull off. Thankfully, Mr. Kwan does it with ease. The book is definitely movie worthy, and may be coming to the big screen sooner rather than later. Per The Hollywood Reporter:
Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu is in talks for the lead in Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians.
Jon M. Chu is directing the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s New York Times best-selling novel, which will feature an all-Asian cast.
Based on a screenplay written by Peter Chiarelli (The Proposal) and Adele Lim (TV series Lethal Weapon), the film will center on the lives of wealthy Chinese families living in Singapore. It follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.
This might actually be a game-changer. A 21st century Hollywood film comprised of a majority Asian cast. Because as I’ve stated before, Hollywood has a horrible track record with casting Asians as leads, so this is definitely on my radar. Constance Wu for the win.