Film

Production begins on Constance Wu’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ adaptation

Based on the bestseller

Constance Wu will be leading an international cast of Asian actors in “Crazy Rich Asians,” a film based on Kevin Kwan’s bestseller (currently $10 on Amazon). Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the film officially began production this week, but did not set a release date for the comedy.

Jon M. Chu (“Now You See Me 2”) is directing the contemporary romantic comedy. The film stars Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”); Henry Golding, making his feature film debut; Gemma Chan (“Humans”); Awkwafina (upcoming “Ocean’s 8,” “Neighbors 2”); and Michelle Yeoh (upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).

Color Force’s Nina Jacobson (“The Hunger Games” films) and Brad Simpson (“World War Z”), and Ivanhoe’s John Penotti (“Hell or High Water”) are producing the film, with Tim Coddington, Robert Friedland and Kwan serving as executive producers.

“Crazy Rich Asians” follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (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. It turns out that he is not only 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 (Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

The film’s large ensemble cast also includes Chris Pang (“Marco Polo”), Sonoya Mizuno (“La La Land”), Jing Lusi (“Stan Lee’s Lucky Man”), and comedian Ronny Chieng (“The Daily Show”), as well as a number of Singaporean actors, including Pierre Png, Fiona Xie and Tan Kheng Hua.

The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Vanja Cernjul (“Marco Polo”), production designer Nelson Coates (“Fifty Shades Darker”), costume designer Mary Vogt (“Kong: Skull Island”) and editor Myron Kerstein (“Going in Style”).

“Crazy Rich Asians” is being filmed entirely on location in Singapore and Malaysia. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.

Constance Wu can currently be seen on ABC’s hit comedy “Fresh Off The Boat,” which also stars Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen and Lucille Soong.