The Crazy Rich Asians trailer debuted, and it is everything.
Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians follows the escapades of average citizen Rachel Chu (Fresh Off the Boat‘s Constance Wu), who is dating Nick Young (Henry Golding) and discovers on a trip to meet his family discovers that he comes from one of the most affluent and powerful families in all of Asia.
The film features a who’s who of Asian actors, with Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Jimmy O. Yang, Harry Shum Jr, and more. It’s directed by John M. Chu, best known for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Step Up 2: The Streets, and Now You See Me 2.
The trailer looks fun, funny, opulent, and like a fantastic adaptation of the novel. It features themes that are relatable independent of one’s cultural or financial background. We’ve all felt like a fish out of water at some point, even amongst our own people or even family.
There are a lot of hopes riding on the film. It’s one of the first comedy releases from a major studio featuring Asians/Asian Americans in the primary roles. While comedies catering to other minorities have found box office success in the past, but Hollywood has yet to tap in to Asia for comedy.
It’s also amazing to see a film where the source material features Asians/Asian Americans, and ACTUAL Asians/Asian Americans are cast. I promise at least once during development, at least one executive asked if they could include a Caucasian actor instead. I, for one, am delighted the filmmakers stood strong with their casting choices.
If the Crazy Rich Asians trailer is any indicator, it’s going to be a smashing success.