Variety reports that Crazy Rich Asians which has been acquired by Warner Bros will be one of the few major films to be centered around an all-Asian cast.
Jon Chu will serve as its director. The director of Now You See Me 2 and GI Joe: Retaliation won the gig by putting together a collection of family photos and other items to show how connected he was to the film. Chu is a first generation American born in Palo Alto, California.
Crazy Rich Asians centers around the fictional character Rachel Chu and her boyfriend Nick Young. Nick takes Rachel to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, where unbeknownst to Rachel, Nick is seen as the country’s most eligible bachelor because he is the heir to a rich family fortune.
There hasn’t been a major film centered around an Asian-focused plot since Joy Luck Club and Memoirs of a Geisha.
The film is based on the best seller by Kevin Kwan.
Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson will produce the film. The two purchased the rights to Kwan’s book even before it had been published.
“It was just a page turner in and of itself,” said Jacobson. “It was a delight to be taken into this world that as a Westerner I didn’t know. It felt so new and fresh and gave you so much insight.”
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