Kevin Kwan, author of the hit novel “Crazy Rich Asians”, still believes that his upcoming feature film will be a success in the United States with its all-Asian cast, despite Hollywood’s infamous tendency to whitewash ethnic roles.
“Crazy Rich Asians”, the film adaptation of Kwan’s 2013 book, will introduce an all-Asian cast under its roster. This will be the first time that a romantic comedy film in Hollywood won’t feature a White actor in its cast.
“I think it’s huge,” the Singaporean novelist said during his visit in Hong Kong to promote the third book in his “Crazy Rich” trilogy, “Rich People Problems”, South China Morning Post reported. “It’s really the first time. I’m sorry it hasn’t happened earlier. People are really eager to see if Hollywood keeps its promise and rolls out this film the way we want it to.”
Even from the very beginning of production, Kwan, along with the film’s director John M. Chu, has insisted on an all-Asian cast.
“It’s really been a dream come true,” he said. “Because even from the very start, when Hollywood was first interested in adapting it, I was thinking, Michelle Yeoh would be perfect, Constance Wu would be perfect. The dream sort of all came together.”
“Crazy Rich Asians” follows the story of Asian-American woman Rachel (Constance Wu) and her boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), as they travel to Singapore for Nick’s best friend’s wedding. Upon arriving, Rachel discovers that Nick is part of a ridiculously rich family.
“Crazy Rich Asians” is expected to premiere in theaters sometime in 2018.