Asian-American icon Constance Wu will star in the movie version of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians. The book tells the story of three individuals in the world of hyper-rich families living in modern-day Singapore. The production is reportedly looking for others to star in the movie adaptation.
Wu posted on Facebook post about her excitement to join the movie. She said that she’s thrilled to join a movie with an all-Asian cast and an Asian director and writer.
Who Wu Will Be In Crazy Rich Asians?
Wu will be playing Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians. She’s a Chinese-American economics professor who took a trip to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young. There, Chu found out that Young is actually an heir to a giant fortune.
She will now have to prove to her boyfriend that she is worthy to be his wife. It’s not going to be easy, though. It’s nice to know that Wu was casted in the movie, which is featuring an all-Asian cast. She has always spoken about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, particularly the way Asians are missing out on great opportunities there. Just last year, she voiced out how difficult is it for Asians to get lead roles in Hollywood.
She told New York Times, as quoted by Huffington Post, that competing with white people for a role is like training and competing for the Olympics. “An incredibly talented Asian actor might be considered for a leading role maybe once or twice in a lifetime. That’s a highly pressured situation.”
She was also very critical of the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the Japanese anime franchise Ghost in the Shell. Wu talked against Matt Damon’s casting in the movie The Great Wall.
Auditions Are Open For Crazy Rich Asians
Jon M. Chu, the director for the movie, opened up casting call for Asians. He said this will give an opportunity for Asian actors to be part of the film. Crazy Rich Asians is the “first all-Asian cast from an American Hollywood studio in a long, long time,” the director said.
Wu is best known for her role as Jessica on Fresh Off The Boat. Aside from starring in Crazy Rich Asians, she was also active in many onstage and independent movies such as Stephanie Daley, Year of the Fish, and The Architect.
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