EXCLUSIVE: Ken Jeong has joined the cast of Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians, the romantic comedy being directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2). The film also stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh.
Crazy Rich Asians, which was adapted by Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli from the best-selling book of the same name from author Kevin Kwan, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend Nick Young (Golding) to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. The film features an entirely Asian cast and is being filmed entirely on location in Singapore and Malaysia.
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are producing the picture as is Ivanhoe Pictures president John Penotti. Warner Bros. put the project into production with a full Asian cast, which was a first for a Hollywood studio. Crazy Rich Asians is actually the first book in a trilogy and follows an American-born Chinese economics professor and boyfriend in high society in Asia. It provides comical look at the the cultural differences among Asians of Chinese descent around the globe.
Kwan’s first book published in 2013 has nearly 1 million copies in print worldwide; the third novel Rich People Problems drops this summer from Doubleday.
Jeong, who stars in ABC’s Dr. Ken and is best known for NBC’s comedy Community and for the role of Mr. Chow in the Todd Phillips’ directed The Hangover feature series, is repped by CAA and Aligned Entertainment.