With our very own Kris Aquino rumored to be part of the Warner Brothers movie adaptation of the bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians (written by Kevin Kwan), we did a little online snooping to track the timeline of the upcoming film's casting process.
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu sent out a casting call on YouTube to look for fresh talent for the film. Although he wanted an all-Asian ensemble, Jon didn't limit the actors to those of Chinese-Singaporean descent (as most of the characters are in the book). He said, "Whether you're in Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, here in the States, the U.K., Australia, Hong Kong—wherever. We are looking for you."
Fresh Off The Boat actress Constance Wu was confirmed to star as the lead Rachel Chu, an American-born Chinese woman who travels with her boyfriend Nick Young to his native Singapore.
The Chinese Malaysian icon was tapped to play the role of Nick's overbearing mother Eleanor Young who disapproves of Rachel's relationship with her son.
The half-English and half-Malaysian travel host was announced to star in his first-ever acting gig as Nick Young, the Singaporean-Chinese scion who has been keeping his family's prominence in Asian society from his girlfriend Rachel.
The British-Chinese actress, who recently appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was confirmed to play Nick's cousin and Singapore's resident It girl Astrid Leong.
The Japanese Ex Machina actress was announced to play Araminta Lee, fashion icon and fiancée to Nick's best friend Colin Khoo.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Kris divulged a major career breakthrough: She was offered a role in a big Hollywood studio movie after passing "5 levels of intense scrutiny." She then recalled how her initial audition process came about:
"Something happened March 23, 2017—a Tony & Grammy award winning Broadway producer, Jhett Tolentino, contacted me through Cong. Len Alonte and Manang Nene Chan. He was helping a Filipino-Chinese-American agent friend of his reach me to ask if I'd want to audition for a big Hollywood studio movie about to start filming. The pressure was I had to submit my reel in 72 hours. I felt I had nothing to lose, so we went for it. 48 hours after Jhett's call, on March 25, we mounted an audition shoot in Manila Peninsula.
"We shot, [and] they immediately edited and color graded both my audition scenes and video bio. Sunday we sent the high definition material. And we waited. And PRAYED."
But how exactly did people come to believe she was attached to Warner Brothers' Crazy Rich Asians? Well, the Queen of All Media left not-so-subtle hints on her Instagram. On April 4, the self-confessed book worm posted that she had the advanced copy of the third installment of the book series: Rich People Problems.
Kris then posted a pic of her book suggestions on April 10—which include all three books of the Crazy Rich Asian series.
On April 12, Kris sent out a fangirl post of Kevin Kwan following her on Insta.
Kris is currently in Los Angeles, California and staying at the Peninsula Beverly Hills with her son Bimby.
She also just met with her Hollywood agent Chris Lee and is now managed globally by East West Artists in Los Angeles.
As requested by her agent, Kris will be refraining from speaking about her upcoming movie project.
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