The Jon M. Chu rom-com has been a smash hit across the globe but is only just reaching the UK. We have the lowdown…
Spoilers to follow.
What’s it about?
Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of two US college professors who have reached the stage in their relationship when things are getting serious.
Nick Young’s family is among the richest in Singapore – yes, they’re ‘crazy rich’ – and, when he invites his girlfriend Rachel to meet them, she’s in for a shock. The reason? Nick’s neglected to tell Rachel this.
Daunting that meeting the parents can be in any relationship, Crazy Rich Asians ramps up the awkward by throwing Rachel into a an enormous extended family that isn’t so keen on the idea of any old yank marrying Singapore’s most eligible bachelor.
Who’s in it?
Crazy Rich Asians is notable for being the first modern Hollywood film to feature a majority Asian cast in over two decades.
Constance Wu and Henry Golding lead the cast as loved-up couple Rachel and Nick.
Michelle Yeoh, of Tomorrow Never Dies fame, plays Nick’s domineering mother Eleanor, whilst American rapper Awkwafina is Rachel’s Singaporean friend Goh Peik Lin.
Also among the cast are Harry Shum Jr, Ken Jeong, Lisa Lu and Humans star Gemma Chan.
As well as many, many more.
Who’s made it?
The film is based on the eponymous novel of Kevin Kwan and is very much dominated by his creative presence. Rejecting many lucrative studio offers, Kwan bought the film rights to his own book for just $1, after rejecting a Hollywood proposal to replace the Asian Rachel with a white actress.
Jon M. Chu, the film’s director, is perhaps best known for his work on two of the Step Up films, as well as Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim have translated Kwan’s book into a screenplay and The Hunger Games‘ Nina Jacobson is among the film’s three producers – alongside Brad Simpson and John Penotti.
Brian Tyler – the composer responsible for the current Unversal fanfare, Marvel’s intro tune and the scores of Patriots Day and Now You See Me – has provided music.
When’s it out?
Get ready to have a crazy time with these rich Asians on Friday 14 September.
Watch the trailer here: