August 20, 2018

Talking Love with Crazy Rich Asians Cast, Director & Producers #CrazyRichAsians

Crazy Rich Asians, a romantic comedy, has opened in theaters and the story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.

Where Rachel learns that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life and his crazy-rich family.

Set in Singapore and featuring the first all-Asian ensemble in a contemporary Hollywood film in 25 years, Crazy Rich Asians has caused a stir about it's "Asianess". But at it's heart, it's a love story with a twist, according to this interview with cast Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Jon M. Chu (Director), Nina Jacobson (Producer) and John Penotti (Producer)

“Crazy Rich Asians” is a love story, a kind of savvy Cinderella tale, complete with a charming prince, a magnificent castle, and a battle of wills between two strong women determined to write their own ending. “I definitely see this as a modern-day, aspirational fairytale,” states Chu. “Rachel is our princess-warrior, and this is her journey to discover who she is—an American girl on her first trip to Asia, who comes away with a deeper appreciation not only of her past, but of her future.”

Wu, of “Fresh Off the Boat” acclaim, was the filmmakers’ first and only choice for the role. Penotti declares, “Constance was always our Rachel. We didn’t look at anyone else. Her energy and exuberance, her intelligence, and her willingness to see the world fresh and convey that so effortlessly on screen made her the perfect Rachel.”

Born in the U.S. to Taiwanese-American parents, “Constance was, in many respects, the personification of Rachel,” adds Jacobson. “She’s confident, fun, funny, approachable, very much the essence of that fresh-faced all-American girl who would be a breath of air to a guy like Nick.”

Wu points out, “Rachel and Nick really love each other. Love transcends class and culture and logic. When someone’s your person, you know it, and that’s what Rachel and Nick are to each other.”

Add a dash of vulnerability and some endearing cluelessness, and you have Nick Young, a man caught between two forces, trying to reconcile what he wants with what’s expected of him. Says Golding, “He was brought up with a silver spoon but realized that, even though he was the heir apparent, he needed to discover his own way. He fell in love with a woman who brings out the best in him but doesn’t know anything about that part of his life.”

What clinched it was Golding’s chemistry with Wu. Chu recalls, “You could feel the electricity immediately. I knew that audiences would fall in love with them as a couple. You want to see them kiss. You want to see them fight. You just want to see them together.”

Now, as Rachel makes her way through this dazzling minefield, Nick, too, must step up, because if this is a fairytale story it’s one with a twist. “He’s not there to save her,” Chu states. “He doesn’t have some brilliant plan to protect her from the dragons. She has to do that herself. At the same time, she gives him the opportunity to make important choices he’s been avoiding.”


Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with SK Global and Starlight Culture, a Color Force/Ivanhoe Pictures/Electric Somewhere Production, a Jon M. Chu Film, “Crazy Rich Asians.”

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. Not only is he 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 (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.

It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, “Crazy Rich Asians” features an international cast of stars, led by Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, and Awkwafina, with Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh. The large starring ensemble also includes Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, Nico Santos, and Jing Lusi.

Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, and Ivanhoe Pictures’ John Penotti produced the film, with Tim Coddington, Kevin Kwan, Robert Friedland, and Sidney Kimmel serving as executive producers.

The screenplay is by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan.

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