CRAZY RICH ASIANS
CAST SHINE HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE
By Asian Fusion Editorial Team
“Crazy Rich Asians” is a contemporary romantic comedy based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller by Kevin Kwan.
The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry 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. Not only is he 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 (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.
It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.
Directed by Jon M. Chu, “Crazy Rich Asians” features an international cast of stars, led by Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, and Awkwafina, with Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh. The large starring ensemble also includes Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, Nico Santos, and Jing Lusi.
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, and Ivanhoe Pictures’ John Penotti produced the film, with Tim Coddington, Kevin Kwan, Robert Friedland, and Sidney Kimmel serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan.
The creative filmmaking team included director of photography Vanja Černjul, production designer Nelson Coates, costume designer Mary Vogt and editor Myron Kerstein. The music was composed by Brian Tyler.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with SK Global and Starlight Culture, a Color Force/Ivanhoe Pictures/Electric Somewhere Production, a Jon M. Chu Film, “Crazy Rich Asians.” It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. This film is rated PG-13.
JON M. CHU (Director) is known for his visually stunning blockbuster films as well as his works across various genres from groundbreaking digital series to commercials and even live concerts. “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first non-period studio film in over 25 years to feature an all- Asian cast represents a conscious career pivot for Chu towards films that have personal meaning.
Upcoming, Chu will helm the highly anticipated adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” and is set to direct and executive produce a series inspired by 11-year-old investigative reporter Hilde Lysiak for Apple.
Chu also directed “Now You See Me 2,” the sequel to the blockbuster “Now You See Me,” which was released in June 2016. Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe joined returning cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine for the film, which grossed over $330 million worldwide.
Chu marked his feature directorial debut with 2008’s “Step Up 2: The Streets,” the sequel to the 2006’s breakout dance hit. His use of movement and storytelling earned him a Teen Choice Award and a Breakout Director of the Year Award, as well as an MTV Movie Award. His other feature credits include “Step Up 3D,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and “Jem and the Holograms.”
Additionally, Chu has garnered immense praise for his work in documentary filmmaking. He first directed “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” an innovative blend of concert film and biopic sparking an outbreak of Bieber Fever and cementing Justin’s place in pop culture history. The film would become one of the highest-grossing concert-themed movies of all time and usher in a new era of music documentary films to follow. Keeping Bieber as his subject, Chu directed the follow-up, “Justin Bieber’s Believe,” tracing the consequences of a meteoric rise to fame and the intimate trials and tribulations of stardom.
As the youngest of five children from Palo Alto, California, Chu continues to use the influences of his childhood (family, technology, music and movement) to tell stories that connect with audiences around the world.
CONSTANCE WU (Rachel Chu)
As a result of her unapologetic and hilarious portrayal of Jessica Huang on ABC’s hit comedy “Fresh Off the Boat,” her first foray into comedy, the spotlight on Constance Wu is brighter than ever.
The fourth season of “Fresh Off the Boat” premiered on ABC on October 3, 2017, with Wu reprising her role as the family matriarch and mother of three opposite Randall Park. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, the show is set in the 1990s and revolves around a Taiwanese family that moves to suburban Orlando. It debuted in February 2015 to much critical acclaim and garnered 8 million viewers, becoming the second highest-rated comedy to premiere during the season. Wu was instantly praised as the breakout star of the comedy season for her interpretation as the no- nonsense, pragmatic mom and has received two nominations from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy, as well as two TCA Award nominations for Individual Achievement in Comedy in 2015 and 2016. The show has been picked up for a fifth season.
Recently, Wu was seen in the independent film “The Feels,” and will be seen in “You and Me Both,” an independent road trip film in which she plays a struggling addict. She has also signed on as part of the voice cast of the animated feature “Wish Dragon,” alongside Jackie Chan. The picture is a modern re-telling of the classic genie-in-a-bottle tale from 1001 Nights.
Wu can also be seen as the lead in a stand-alone episode of Hulu’s sci-fi/fantasy anthology series “Dimension 404.” She plays Jane, a military psychologist on active duty who wants nothing more than to spend Christmas leave with her wife and daughter. Wu co-starred alongside Megan Mullally in the episode. She has also joined the cast of “Rainbow Crow,” the new animated VR series from Baobab Studios that John Legend is producing and toplining. The first chapter of the series, which is based on a Native American legend, premiered on April 21st at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where she grew up performing in the local community theatre scene. At 16, she moved to New York to study at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at S.U.N.Y Purchase. While in New York, she worked in classical theatre and quickly transitioned to film. She soon appeared in several Sundance Feature Films, including “Stephanie Daley” and “Year of the Fish.”
In 2010, she moved to Los Angeles, where her theatre and film background helped land her a role in another Sundance Feature, “The Sound of My Voice.” She next appeared as a series regular on the LogoTV web series “EastSiders,” and the Fox Digital Studios film “Parallels,” which was released by Netflix on March 3rd, 2015.
Additionally, Wu has had memorable guest appearances on “Children’s Hospital,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Torchwood,” “Covert Affairs,” and “Franklin & Bash.” She currently resides in Silverlake, Los Angeles with her pet bunny, Lida Rose.
HENRY GOLDING (Nick Young) is exploding onto the leading man scene in the film world with a variety of diverse roles. Following his work on “Crazy Rich Asians,” he quickly scored the male lead opposite Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in the psychological thriller “A Simple Favor,” a noir film directed by Paul Feig with Feig’s Feigco producing. Golding plays the secretive Sean Nelson, the husband to Lively’s Emily in the film, based on the popular novel by Darcy Bell, a drama in the vein of “Gone Girl.” As mommy blogger Rachel (Kendrick) investigates her best friend Emily’s disappearance and death, she finds solace in the comforting Sean, only to discover things are not as they seem.
Rounding out a trio of diverse roles, Golding recently wrapped BBC/BFI’s film “Monsoon,” directed by Sundance and BAFTA nominee Hong Khaou. A beautiful character piece, “Monsoon” is the story of Kit, a Vietnamese gay man whose family was forced to flee Vietnam for London after the Vietnam War, and who discovers his past is still very much a part of his life when he returns to his homeland to spread his mother’s ashes.
Golding has spent a career in front of the television camera, formerly expressing his love of travel as the host of travel series for the BBC, ESPN and other prestigious networks in Southeast Asia. In his travels to remote locations, Golding has brought fascinating adventures to viewers, including the ancient practices of dying cultures, as well as awareness, and aided response teams in Bangkok, Philippines and other natural disaster sites throughout Asia.
In addition to being an avid world traveler, Golding has incorporated a love of sports and physical fitness into his work and counts yoga, cycling, running, and soccer as passions, along with giving back through organizations such as amfAR.