The book was picked up by Warner Bros. Studios in late 2016 and its movie adaptation will be helmed by Jon M. Chu, best known for Now You See Me 2, Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) and Step Up 3D (2010) – the last two movies starring Harry Shum Jr. This will be the first time since Joy Luck Club in 1993 that an American-Hollywood studio backed up an all-Asian cast. The principal photography for the movie was completed June 24, 2017 in Singapore. As of now, there is no word on when the adaption will be released to the public.
The plot follows Nick Young a history professor at NYU who is falling in love with fellow professor Rachel Chu. When traveling back to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding, he decides to invite Rachel to come with him. Although, before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy and he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia. Of course, every single woman in his ultra-rarefield social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down. Henceforth, it’s Rachel’s goal to prove that she is worthy to be his wife.
When it comes to the casting choices, Terri Taylor didn’t disappoint us. Constance Wu’s role was one of the first to be cast, as her character, Rachel Chu, has one of the most important storylines. The Young Family was later on chosen with Henry Golding as Nicholas Young and Michelle Yeoh as his over-calculating mother, Eleanor Young. Nick’s cousin, Astrid Leon will be portrayed by Gemma Chan. Our beloved Harry Shum Jr will play Charlie Wu*, a character that definitely distinguishes itself from any of Shum’s previous roles.
*Harry’s character is Astrid Leon’s tech billionaire ex-fiancé who still has feelings for her despite being married to someone else. Astrid’s parents disapprove of him because he does not come from an old-money family like her.