It was during a conversation about changing family values that the name of Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, came up, as Michelle Yeoh held court at a roundtable of reporters at the set of the upcoming “Crazy Rich Asians” movie. “I remember one time, at the Clinton Global Initiative, and we had the late Lee Kuan Yew. “And I remember Mr [former US president Bill] Clinton sitting there looking at him like, ‘I don’t believe he just said that! If I said that, Hillary would have my head!’ Times have changed, and I think both genders have changed too.
The filming of “Crazy Rich Asians” saw not one, but three road closures for their shoot on 11, 14, and 17 June. The cast also endured a midnight shoot at Gardens by the Bay over 22 to 23 June, although thankfully, no roads were closed for those scenes. Which raises the question: How exactly does one go about closing roads for a shoot in Singapore?
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.
Several roads in Singapore will be closed to vehicles on three days for filming activity, the Singapore Police Force said in a news release on Friday (9 June). According to reports, the filming will be for Warner Bros.’s “Crazy Rich Asians”, which is shooting in Singapore and Malaysia.
Constance Wu and Henry Golding may be the leads in Warner Bros’ upcoming adaptation of “Crazy Rich Asians”, but Singapore stars will also make an appearance in supporting roles.
CORRECTION at 7.40pm, 4 April 2017: This article has been corrected to remove an erroneous reference on Kane Lim as the son of billionaire Peter Lim and as the sibling of Kim Lim. All the buzz over casting announcements for upcoming movie “Crazy Rich Asians”, which will be filmed in Singapore, has piqued our interest to find out who exactly are the ‘crazy rich Asians’ residing here. Dhillon Lee, who is known to be the son of a Singaporean multi-millionaire, frequently posts selfies across his social media.