I, unfortunately, made the mistake of leaving the theater — giddy and jubilant — as soon as the credits began rolling on Crazy Rich Asians over the weekend, not even realizing that there was a mid-credits stinger teasing a sequel (one that will likely train its focus on Gemma Chan’s character, Astrid). After the massive $35 million opening weekend, that sequel looks likely to come to fruition.
THR is reporting that the sequel, though not yet officially greenlit, is coming together, with the principal creative team back on board. Jon M. Chu will direct (after he finishes shooting his adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights), along with the same writing team, Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.
The sequel already has a story with which to work, too, Kevin Kwan’s second book, China Rich Girlfriend. I haven’t read it yet, but I assume the Rich Girlfriend is Astrid, who will likely pursue Charlie Wu, who will be played by Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. after appearing in the stinger. The story will also take Nick and Rachel to China in search of her father (hopefully, Awkwafina’s character will somehow tag along), as well as gold-digging Kitty Pong’s (Fiona Xie) pursuit of Bernard Tai (Jimmy O. Yang), also teased in Crazy Rich Asians.
Meanwhile, for what it’s worth, Henry Golding — who made his acting debut in Crazy Rich Asians — can next be seen in Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor with Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively due out in September. They might want to up his screen time in the next trailer.
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