The best selling novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan received wide interest from not only the chick lit crowd, but those on Wall Street as well.
Interest in the book by Hollywood was almost instantaneous and now Kwan is serving as the film’s executive producer.
Kwan says one of the first feelers he got to option the book wanted to turn his main character Rachel Chu into a white girl, reports the The Hollywood Reporter.
“I tell that story to book clubs in suburban middle America and they go crazy,” said Kwan. “Why does Hollywood think we would want to see this movie with white people?” They don’t need every film to be chock-full of the latest stars.”
The author jokes he wants Emma Stone to play every character, a reference to the controversy of Stone as a Chinese Hawaiian in the movie Aloha..
Actually his movie will practically have an all-Asian cast and the producers already have their eyes set on making a hit for both the U.S. and the Asia market.
“There are so many missed casting opportunities in Hollywood. It’s still very much a challenge, but I have faith in the talent pool not just of existing actors, but also of actors coming out of film schools in England, in Australia, who are Asian. My hope is that there will be equal representation in terms of Singapore stars, Hong Kong stars, Asian American stars, mainland Chinese stars — I would love for it to be like a dream team cast.”
The second book in what Kwan envisions as a trilogy has just come out. You can read his thoughts on China Rich Girlfriend in the The Hollywood Reporter.