BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Filming began today on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Crazy Rich Asians,” based
on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller by Kevin Kwan.
Jon M. Chu (“Now You See Me 2”) is directing the contemporary romantic
comedy, which features an entirely Asian international cast. The film
stars Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”); Henry Golding, making his
feature film debut; Gemma Chan (“Humans”); Awkwafina (upcoming “Ocean’s
8,” “Neighbors 2”); and Michelle Yeoh (upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery,”
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson (“The Hunger Games” films) and Brad Simpson
(“World War Z”), and Ivanhoe’s John Penotti (“Hell or High Water”) are
producing the film, with Tim Coddington, Robert Friedland and Kwan
serving as executive producers.
“Crazy Rich Asians” follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she
accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best
friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first
time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to
learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his
life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s
wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.
Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous
socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Yeoh) taking aim.
And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can
definitely complicate things.
The film’s large ensemble cast also includes Chris Pang (“Marco Polo”),
Sonoya Mizuno (“La La Land”), Jing Lusi (“Stan Lee’s Lucky Man”), and
comedian Ronny Chieng (“The Daily Show”), as well as a number of
Singaporean actors, including Pierre Png, Fiona Xie and Tan Kheng Hua.
The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Vanja
Cernjul (“Marco Polo”), production designer Nelson Coates (“Fifty Shades
Darker”), costume designer Mary Vogt (“Kong: Skull Island”) and editor
Myron Kerstein (“Going in Style”).
“Crazy Rich Asians” is being filmed entirely on location in Singapore
The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a
Warner Entertainment Company.