Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians is finally getting the movie adaptation it deserves. With Jon M. Chu at the helm, and Constance Wu in a starring role, the film is aiming to consist of a cast that truly reflects the diversity and environment of the book. And with the movie coming together, we can now add Michelle Yeoh to the mix. Per The Hollywood Reporter:
Michelle Yeoh will join Constance Wu in Warner Bros.’ adaptation Crazy Rich Asians.
Jon M. Chu is directing the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s New York Times best-selling novel, which centers 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.
Yeoh will play Eleanor Young, Nick’s controlling mother who disapproves of Rachel.
We need to see more movies like this. With the continued calls for diversity in Hollywood, it only makes sense that studios listen. If not, it’s sure to be an issue that will continue to plaque the industry. The least we can do is support more movies like Crazy Rich Asians.