TV host lands lead in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

New Straits Times - - Entertainment - By Syahi­rah Mokhtazar

HE may be a fully-trained hair­styl­ist and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, but now, Henry Gold­ing might be on his way to Tinseltown af­ter land­ing a lead role in Warner Bros’ film adap­ta­tion of Kevin Kwan’s best-sell­ing novel, Crazy Rich Asians.

How­ever, this is not Gold­ing’s first act­ing gig.

Pre­vi­ously, he starred in The Bor­neo In­ci­dent (2012) along­side Fay Hoku­lani and Mitch Ross. It was about five in­di­vid­u­als doc­u­ment­ing their trav­els from New York to Malaysia. The film, co­pro­duced by Bert­comm and Mav­er­ick Me­dia New York, how­ever, did not see a re­lease.

Crazy Rich Asians is di­rected by Jon M. Chu, who helmed heist thriller Now You See Me 2, star­ring Daniel Rad­cliffe, Mark Ruf­falo and Dave Franco. Crazy Rich Asians is a ro­man­tic com­edy about the lives of wealthy Asian fam­i­lies re­sid­ing in Sin­ga­pore.

Gold­ing, 30, who is based in the is­land repub­lic, will star as Nick Young, a son of one of those wealthy fam­i­lies.

The good news was an­nounced by Gold­ing on his In­sta­gram ac­count, with a cap­tion that read: “An ab­so­lute dream come true with many peo­ple to thank.”

He tagged fel­low cast mem­bers Fresh Off The Boat ac­tress Con­stance Wu and Tan Sri Datuk Michelle Yeoh in the post.

“It is a gift to have the chance to work with them on this ex­cit­ing new jour­ney. Lit­er­ally burst­ing at the seams in an­tic­i­pa­tion!” said Gold­ing, who has a Bri­tish fa­ther and a Sarawakian mother.

Wu will be play­ing Rachel Chu, an Amer­i­can-born Chi­nese eco­nomics pro­fes­sor and Nick’s girl­friend, while Yeoh will take on the role of Eleanor Young, Nick’s con­trol­ling mother who dis­ap­proves of Rachel.

The plot goes that Rachel trav­els to Nick’s home­town of Sin­ga­pore for his best friend’s wed­ding, where she finds out that Nick is an heir to a mas­sive for­tune and viewed as Asia’s most el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lor.

Film­ing will take place in Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore.

Henry Gold­ing will be star­ring in ro­man­tic com­edy ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.

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