Constance Wu is looking to examine how the other half lives. The Fresh Off the Boat star is in talks to play the lead role in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, EW has confirmed.
Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is directing the film based on Kevin Kwan’s satirical novel, which follows an American-born Chinese woman who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s well-heeled family, thereby encountering mind-boggling opulence and snobbery. Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim wrote the script.
Wu, 34, landed her breakout role as the stern but loving matriarch Jessica Huang on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, and off screen she’s known as an outspoken voice on Asian representation and inclusion in Hollywood. Her other upcoming projects include the Hulu sci-fi series Dimension 404.
Chu previously spoke to EW about Crazy Rich Asians and the challenges of assembling an all-Asian cast.
“We’ll have to look in places that we don’t normally look for a movie,” he said in November. “Normally you go to agencies, and they tell you who could fit, and you go and meet or greet them or have them come in and audition. In this one, a lot of the big agencies don’t necessarily know where to find the big, hunky Asian actor that could be [male lead] Nick that has that charming, leading-man thing. Maybe they’re in theater and haven’t crossed over yet. Maybe they’re doing commercials and haven’t crossed over yet.”
Wherever the actors are found, “they have to be up to snuff,” Chu said. “We are representing what we consider the very top of Asian-American entertainment right now, so we want an all-star, talented cast.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news about Wu.