It’s been exactly 50 months since the release of Crazy Rich Asians. Not only are fans anxiously awaiting a sequel but they’re also excited about an upcoming spinoff.
Harry Shum Jr confirmed to Cinema Blend that a movie focusing on the relationship between him (Charlie Wu) and Gemma Chan (Astrid Leong-Teo) is definitely in the works.
“A lot of people are really excited, especially with the wonderful work that the team behind CRA has been doing,” said Shum. “I think at this point they’re writing it and trying to just get it right. So as far as I know now, I don’t know any concrete date of when it would go, but I’m just as excited as the audience to get this going.”
In the original, we learned the Astrid divorced her husband after learning of his affair. Then at Rachel and Nick’s engagement party, she locks eyes with Wu who she had previously been engaged. The plan had been for that story arch to be further developed in the long awaited sequel.
But now Astrid and Charlie will get their own story arch in a spin-off.
Screenrant reports the script is being written by Jason Kim who previously wrote Barry on HBO and Love on Netflix.
Astrid became a fan favorite following the original. Much of the credit goes to Chan who played Nick’s cousin. Not only did she befriend Rachel, but she garnered the audience’s sympathy as they watched her husband Michael manipulate her while engaging in extracurricular activities outside their marriage.
No word on when filming will begin on the spinoff or the sequel. In the meantime, fans will have to be content reading the book from Kevin Quan.
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