We are living in a time where ‘whitewashing’ is continuing to happen in Hollywood films, and people everywhere are getting sick and tired of it. Why can’t Hollywood stick with the script and correctly cast Asian people to star in Asian roles?
One film aims to change that with the first ever American produced film starring an all-Asian cast and both the director and producer have high hopes that viewers in the US will embrace it.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a book written and released in 2013 by author Kevin Kwan. The story is about an Asian-American woman named Rachel who takes a trip to Singapore for a wedding with her boyfriend, Nick. During the visit, she learns that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and powerful.
This top selling book gives you a taste and glimpse into the lives of some super filthy rich Asian people in Asia. It is so popular that there was even a sequel called ‘China Rich Girlfriend’.
It’s gotten so popular that Kwan is even on a world tour.
Kwan will also be the film’s executive producer and Jon M. Chu will be directing.
“It has been a long time coming for Hollywood to make a romantic comedy with an all-Asian cast,” he says. “I think it’s huge. 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.”
Filming has already begun and the release date is some time in 2018.
“It’s really been a dream come true,” Kwan says. “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.”
This film includes some big name talents and familiar Asian faces from popular TV shows and movies. This could be the film franchise that will change Hollywood and open doors be for Asian actors in the near future.