Warning: Contains spoilers for the Crazy Rich trilogy
Take note: 2018 is the year that Hollywood was shown, once and for all, that a movie doesn’t need an all- or majority-white cast to be a massive hit.
Marvel’s Black Panther was released in February 2018 and went on to become the ninth highest-grossing movie ever, and then the summer saw Crazy Rich Asians breathe new life into the flagging rom com genre with the story of an Asian-American economics professor (Constance Wu) and her brush with Singapore’s wealthy elite.
Based on the first novel in Kevin Kwan’s trilogy, a second book is ready and waiting for adaptation, and you can bet its already being discussed. Here’s everything you need to know.
Crazy Rich Asians 2 plot
The second book in Kwan’s trilogy is China Rich Girlfriend (followed by the third, Rich People Problems), which follows the ongoing drama of Rachel Chu and Nick Young’s engagement.
The events of the sequel were already seeded in Crazy Rich Asians, whose mid-credits scene implies a reunion between Gemma Chan’s Astrid and her former fiancé, Charlie (played by Glee‘s Harry Shum Jr).
The story concerns Rachel’s reunion with her long-lost father, which introduces her to the world of Chinese billionaires who dwarf the wealth of her Singaporean, would-be relatives (the title riffs off Nick’s mother Eleanor’s exclamation, “These people aren’t just everyday rich with a few hundred million. They are China rich!”).
Throw in a dash of romance, heartbreak and revenge and you’re ready to go.
Crazy Rich Asians 2 cast and crew
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M Chu has already signed up for the sequel, and will be reuniting his production team to develop the movie. Screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim are also set to return, although last we heard they hadn’t officially signed on yet.
The Crazy Rich Asians cast is yet to be confirmed for the sequel, but if the adaptation of China Rich Girlfriend goes ahead, the main cast, including Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh and Harry Shum Jr, have options in place for the sequels and would all presumably be in line to return.
Golding is definitely up for it. “I hope there’s something in the future,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It would be so much fun to get everybody back together, back to sweaty old Singapore.”
Crazy Rich Asians 2 release date
This early on, it’s impossible to say when the movie will come out, other than perhaps ‘2020 at the very earliest’.
Filming may be held up by director Jon M Chu’s busy schedule. He is expected to begin filming after he completed work on In the Heights, the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, which is currently in line for release in summer 2020.
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