Comedian Jimmy O. Yang Joins ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Cast
Jon M. Chu has been hard at work putting together a star-studded cast for the upcoming Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians. The film is based on the best selling novel of the same name written by author Kevin Kwan. The film has been creating a buzz across social media as it boasts a cast of all Asian actors. Say what?! Yes, you read that correctly. A Hollywood film with an entirely Asian cast. An American made Hollywood movie hasn’t featured an all Asian casting roster since the 1993 award winning film The Joy Luck Club.
As casting news continues to surface, Deadline has reported that popular comedian Jimmy O. Yang has now joined the cast of Crazy Rich Asians. Yang is a stand up comedian and actor who is known for his role as Jian-Yang on the hit HBO series Silicon Valley. Besides being the funny guy, Yang has also shown his range as an actor after starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in the drama film Patriots Day where he portrayed real life hero Dun Meng. Yang also did a guest appearance on hit show Criminal Minds as a psychotic college student.
Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) will be portraying the film’s main character Rachel Chu and confirmed that filming has already begun on location in Malaysia on her Instagram. Crazy Rich Asians is a comedy that follows the life of Rachel Chu, an American-Born Chinese college professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick Young to attend his best friend’s wedding. To Rachel’s surprise, she finds out that Nick comes from one of the wealthiest families in Malaysia and is considered to be one of the most eligible bachelor’s in his home country. Now Rachel has a target on her back and must learn to navigate through the sea of conniving women and steer clear of Nick’s overbearing mother Eleanor.
Jimmy O. Yang joins a cast that includes Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu, Henry Goulding, Gemma Chan, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Nora Lum aka Awkwafina, Pierra Png and many more. Jon M. Chu is directing the film based on a script written by Peter Chiarelli. A release date has not been officially announced but be sure to check back with us for more updates on this highly anticipated film. Are you excited for this casting? Let us know in the comments below.