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Meet the 'Crazy Rich Asians' Cast

The romantic comedy has the first all-Asian ensemble in a Hollywood movie in 25 years.

The movie "Crazy Rich Asians" will premiere in theaters on Aug. 15 with some crazy high hopes. Based on the best-selling 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, it's also the first Hollywood movie with an all-Asian cast since 1993's "Joy Luck Club." A glossy romantic comedy about a woman (Constance Wu) who discovers just how wealthy her Singaporean boyfriend (Henry Golding) and his family are, "Asians" is coming at a time when statistics are shockingly poor: Last year, only 5 percent of the characters in the 100 top-grossing films were of Asian descent. The stakes for "Crazy Rich Asians" were underlined in a recent Hollywood Reporter story about Kwan and the movie's director, Jon M. Chu, who revealed they turned down a wildly lucrative offer from Netflix to pursue a traditional movie deal. "Jon and I both felt this sense of purpose," Kwan told THR. "We needed this to be an old-fashioned cinematic experience, not for fans to sit in front of a TV." Here, a closer look at the cast.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Constance Wu arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' held at El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) Michael Tran/FilmMagic CONSTANCE WU Best known for her role in "Fresh Off the Boat," Wu plays heroine Rachel Chu, a college professor who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. The 36-year-old actress was born and raised in Richmond, VA, to Taiwanese parents. In a post on Twitter, Wu wrote about the significance of "Crazy Rich Asians". "Before CRA, I hadn't even done a tiny part in a studio film... I never dreamed I would get to star in one...because I had never seen that happen to someone who looked like me.... I hope Asian American kids watch CRA and realize they can be the heroes of their own stories." LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24: Actor Henry Golding attends CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You to The Big Picture, an Exclusive Presentation of our Upcoming Slate at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images) Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images HENRY GOLDING The leading man of "Crazy Rich Asians", who plays Nick Young, the son of the titular "crazy rich" family, Golding first came to the casting team's attention for his BBC travel videos. When Chu saw his audition, he knew Golding was the guy, even though he'd never acted in a movie before. "He's like John F. Kennedy Jr. in New York," Chu told THR, "cooler than any of these [other] guys we were reading, and he's not even trying." Born in Malaysia to a Malaysian mother and a British father, he moved to the U.K. at age 7, and his casting initially caused a bit of controversy due to his mixed-race heritage. "I always think, ‘What is the litmus test for being Asian enough?’" Golding, now 31, said of the controversy.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Awkwafina at the 'Ocean's 8' Press Conference at the Whitby Hotel on May 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage) Vera Anderson/WireImage AWKWAFINA The rapper-turned-actor, who just costarred in "Ocean's 8", plays Rachel's best friend, Goh Peik Lin. Awkwafina first found fame when her 2013 song "My Vag" went viral. The 30-year-old mixes her NYC authenticity with a bit of outrageous humor to reach her ever-growing audience. On working with an all-Asian cast, Awkwafina told THR, "We've all been 'that Asian' on set at one point. That dynamic didn't exist here." LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Michelle Yeoh attends the Los Angeles premiere of CBS's 'Star Trek: Discovery' held at The Cinerama Dome on September 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) Michael Tran/FilmMagic MICHELLE YEOH An icon of Hong Kong cinema, the Malaysia-born Yeoh shot to fame in the U.S. after showing off her martial arts skills in 2000's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Her two decades of acting credits also include the James Bond movie "Tomorrow Never Dies" and, more recently, "Star Trek: Discovery." Now, she plays the matriarch of the crazy rich Young family, Eleanor. MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 01: Ken Jeong is seen on the set of 'Despierta America' at Univision Studios to promote the film 'Crazy Rich Asians' on August 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images) Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images KEN JEONG Best known for his role on "Community", Jeong will play Peik Lin's goofy (and wealthy) dad, Goh Wye Mun. MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 01: Nico Santos is seen on the set of 'Despierta America' at Univision Studios to promote the film 'Crazy Rich Asians' on August 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images) Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images NICO SANTOS A costar on TV's "Superstore," Santos plays the snarky gay ally to Rachel. The Filipino actor told HuffPost, "The fact that I get to play a queer Filipino on television and another queer character in 'Crazy Rich Asians' is huge. I never thought I’d have a career being myself. I always thought that being an actor in Hollywood meant that I would have to put that side of me on the back burner." LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Gemma Chan attends the European premiere of 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) Samir Hussein/WireImage GEMMA CHAN Chan, known for her role on the AMC series "Humans", plays Astrid Leong, a fashion icon in Singapore and Nick Young's favorite cousin. WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03: Chris Pangattends the opening night premiere of 'Searching' at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival at Directors Guild Theatre on May 3, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images) Michael Tullberg/Getty Images CHRIS PANG The plot of the movie has Nick Young bringing his girlfriend home to Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Pang plays that best bud. You may have seen Pang before in the Netflix series "Marco Polo." Sonoya Mizuno poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images) NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images SONOYA MIZUNO Mizuno plays the other half of the newlyweds-to-be. Mizuno, a former ballet dancer, had a role in "La La Land" and models for Calvin Klein and Beyoncé's Ivy Park. NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Comedian Ronny Chieng attends The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Stand-Up in the Park in Central Park on June 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central) Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central RONNY CHIENG Finally out from behind "The Daily Show" desk, comedian Chieng plays Nick Young's cousin, who is obsessed with with the social status of his family. BERLIN - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Lisa Lu, who plays in the Chinese film 'Tuan Yuan,' poses during a portait session at the 60th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 13, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Sean Gallup/Getty Images LISA LU Lu plays Nick's grandmother and also appeared in 1993's "The Joy Luck Club." The 91-year-old was a performer in Chinese operas before she made her American television debut in 1958 in a western. HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 17: Harry Shum Jr. arrives at the Premiere Of EuropaCorp And STX Entertainment's 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 17, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) Steve Granitz/WireImage HARRY SHUM JR. "Glee" fans rejoice! Shum shows up in the minor role as Astrid's former fiancée. Author Kevin Kwan listens during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The conference brings together leaders in business, government, technology, philanthropy, academia, and the media to discuss actionable and collaborative solutions to some of the most important questions of our time. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images KEVIN KWAN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CREATOR OF THE SOURCE MATERIAL "Crazy Rich Asians" is based on the best-selling first novel of a trilogy written by Kwan. Studios and producers vied for the film rights, but Kwan, an executive producer on the movie, knew he wanted to make the biggest splash possible. (While fielding pitches, he told THR that at least one producer suggested he turn his main character into a white woman.) LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12: Jon M. Chu speaks to the audience at Identity LA 2018 at Los Angeles Grand Park on May 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images) Michael Tullberg/Getty Images DIRECTOR JON M. CHU Before helming "Asians," Chu was best known for directing "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." He's developing a film version of the Thai cave rescue that he promises will avoid the typical Hollywood whitewashing. MIAMI, FL - JULY 31: Nico Santos, Awkwafina and Ken Jeong attend the 'Crazy Rich Asians' Miami Press Tour on July 31, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Warner Brothers) Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Warner Brothers THE 'CRAZY RICH ASIANS' CAST ON PRESS TOUR

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