A spin-off based on two key characters from the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians is currently underway. According to Deadline, the new movie will focus on the romance between Astrid Young Teo (Gemma Chan) and Charlie Wu (Harry Shum Jr.) and is being developed by Warner Bros.
According to People, the spin-off film will be based on Kevin Kwan’s second book in the series, China Rich Girlfriend. It’s separate from the Crazy Rich Asians sequel that’s already in development.
Here’s what we know about the Crazy Rich Asians spin-off
Astrid and Charlie’s story so far
In Crazy Rich Asians, Astrid is Nicholas “Nick” Young’s (Henry Golding) cousin and is a part of the super-rich society of Singapore. She was engaged to her first love, Charlie, but her parents broke them up. The reason was Charlie’s humble background.
When Astrid discovers that her husband, Michael (Pierre Png), is having an affair, she leaves him and reconnects with Charlie at Nicholas and Rachel’s engagement party.
Unlike Chan, Shum Jr. did not get much screen time in Crazy Rich Asians.
In 2018, the film’s director Jon M. Chu had told Entertainment Weekly that even though more filming was done with Shum Jr., much of it didn’t make it into the movie. This was because “it made Astrid feel like she was leaving Michael for Charlie, and we didn’t have enough room to expand on the idea. We just had to stay focused.”
Even though Warner Bros. originally wanted to make a sequel of China Rich Girlfriend, progress on the film has been very slow. So, the spin-off is expected to be released before that.
About the Crazy Rich Asians film
The film became a huge hit at the box office upon its release. Based on the 2013 book of the same name by Kwan, it focuses on characters Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Nick.
While Rachel has had a humble upbringing in New York, Nick belongs to one of the wealthiest families in Singapore. The fun-filled rom-com shows how they contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and, most importantly Nick’s mother played by Michelle Yeoh.
(Main image: Harry Shum Jr./ Instagram; Featured image: Crazy Rich Asians/ Warner Bros.)
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