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A Producer Reportedly Wants To Cast A White Lead In ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Movie
By Izza Sofia, 07 Nov 2017
Kevin Kwan’s novel Crazy Rich Asians is about a Chinese-American woman who travels to Asia with her boyfriend and experiences serious culture shock.
Naturally, one of the first Hollywood producers who approached Kwan about making a Crazy Rich Asians movie asked if Kwan can reconceptualize the story with a white woman as the lead.
During this early meeting, Kwan says, the producer asked him to reimagine his protagonist, ‘Rachel’ (played by Constance Wu in the film), as Caucasian. “That was their strategy,” he remembers. “They wanted to change the heroine into a white girl. I was like, “Well, you’ve missed the point completely.” I said, “No, thank you.””
To whitewash ‘Rachel’ would take away an integral part of the character’s identity and also be a detriment to the story itself. ‘Rachel’ goes through reverse culture shock as part of her journey; to remove that aspect of the character by making her a white woman would have made it a completely different story.
Now, Crazy Rich Asians is directed by Jon M. Chu, with an all-Asian cast led by Constance Wu.
Crazy Rich Asians hits cheaters on 17 August 2018.
[via Mashable, images via YouTube]
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