Crazy Rich Asians has found its male lead! Newcomer Henry Golding will make his feature film debut opposite Constance Wu in Warner Bros' adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel, directed by Jon M. Chu.
'Crazy Rich Asians' Lands Its Male Lead
Golding, who has no previous movie credits, has landed the role of Nick Young, a NYU history professor who comes from an extremely wealthy -- ahem, crazy rich -- old-money family. He joins Wu, who will play his ABC girlfriend Rachel Chu, and Michelle Yeoh, who will play his mother Eleanor Young.
Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel, an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to Nick's hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding, only to discover that Nick is heir to a massive fortune, he's perhaps he most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.
Directed by Jon M. Chu, from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, the film will start shooting in Singapore this spring with an all-Asian cast. Kwan is serving as executive producer.
Fans have been speculating about the casting of this movie for years. Filmmakers announced a much-publicized, worldwide open casting call to find the stars of Crazy Rich Asians, and it looks like that's how they found their Nick Young.
Originally from London and based in Singapore, Golding has no movie credits to his name. His experience includes hosting for TV travel shows. Hey, movie stars have to get their start somewhere, and this is one hell of a break. As a big fan of the book, I'm looking forward to seeing this guy bring Nick to life.