Constance Wu Lands Lead Role in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Adaptation
“Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to play the leading lady in the studio’s film adaptation of “Crazy Rich Asians”.
Jon M. Chu is set to direct the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
While there has been an abundance of whitewashing featured in Hollywood lately, it is refreshing to know that “Crazy Rich Asians” will be fronted by an all-Asian cast.
Based on a screenplay written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, the film follows Rachel Chu (played by 34-year-old Wu) a Chinese-American economics professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick for his best friend’s wedding.
She eventually finds out that Nick is from an extremely wealthy family and every single woman in the city is envious of Rachel and wants to remove her from the equation.
“Crazy Rich Asians” has yet to receive the greenlight by Warner Bros., but the project is reportedly on the fast track for development.
The film will be produced by Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, as well as IvanhoePictures president John Penotti.
Kwan himself will serve as executive producer along with Ivanhoe chairman Robert Friedland.
Wu stars in ABC’s comedy “Fresh Off the Boat,” in which she plays Jessica Huang, a mother of three and the wife of Randall Park’s character, according to Variety.
She is also set to have a recurring role in Hulu’s upcoming science fiction drama anthology “Dimension 404.”