Here's what we know about Crazy Rich Asians filming in Singapore

Nicholas Yong
Assistant News Editor
The cast of Crazy Rich Asians. PHOTO: @gemma_chan

It’s the movie based on a best-selling book by a Singaporean author, set mostly in Singapore, partially filmed in Singapore and starring more than a few Singaporean actors.

The cast and crew of “Crazy Rich Asians” came to the Republic this month (June), and you may have spotted them filming in locations such as Ann Siang Hill and CHIJMES.

It’s the story of Chinese-American academic Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who accompanies her Singaporean boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) back home for a wedding.

It’s there that she discovers his true lineage as the heir to one of the largest fortunes in Asia – and Nick’s mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh) is less than impressed by her.

Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore visited the CHIJMES set on 16 June, where we spoke to stars such as Constance Wu, Henry Golding and the queen herself, superstar Michelle Yeoh, who was most graceful and eloquent.

Yeoh is the biggest name in the first Hollywood movie with an all-Asian cast, also helmed by an Asian director, and the excitement among the cast and crew was palpable.

After all, as producer Nina Jacobson told reporters on set, “(An all-Asian cast) is a big deal and we are very proud and excited. Representation is power, and Asians tend to be represented in very narrow categories.”

Here’s one of the most interesting facts we learned that day: Chinese-American comedian Awkwafina plays Peik Lin, an old friend of Rachel Chu.

And her parents are played by none other than funnyman Ken Jeong and local actress Koh Chieng Mun a.k.a. Dolly of “Under One Roof”.

We wish we could tell you more, but it’s all embargoed at the moment. Look out for the full story on our visit to the “Crazy Rich Asians” set, to be released in the coming months.

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