Update: The film, based on the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan, follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she travels with her devastatingly handsome boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to meet his family in Singapore and attend the wedding of Nick’s best friend. But Rachel gets more than she bargains for when she learns Nick’s family is essentially Singaporean royalty—they’re incredibly wealthy, and Nick is like “the Asian bachelor,” as Rachel’s close friend Peik Lin (Awkwafina) puts it.
The trailer promises a lavish romp complete with first-class air travel, millions of dollars worth of jewels and to-die-for wardrobes. But the fun comes to a screeching halt when Rachel meets Nick’s elegant, severe mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), who makes her disdain for Rachel clear from the start. At one point, she tells Rachel, “You will never be enough.” Later, Rachel confronts her in a tense moment: “If Nick chose me, he would lose his family. And if Nick chose his family, he might spend the rest of his life resenting you.” Brutal. The film also stars Gemma Chan, Ken Jeong, Jimmy O. Yang and Sonoya Mizuno.
The trailer demands several re-watches to take in all the exquisite detailing (That wedding dress! That aisle!), but you have plenty time to get acquainted with it—the film doesn’t hit theaters until August. We may be several months out, but Crazy Rich Asians already promises to be the rom-com of the year.
Original 23/4/2018: Crazy Rich Asians is heading the big screen—and with an all-Asian cast, no less. Based on the international best-seller by Kevin Kwan, the new film will tell the story of three ultra-wealthy Chinese families living in Singapore and what happens when one of their sons brings his American-born Chinese girlfriend—played by Constance Wu—home to meet the parents.
Watch the first teaser below:
Director Jon M. Chu made headlines last year when he revealed his plans for the film.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) May 4, 2016
More details about that aforementioned cast are starting to emerge. Per Vulture, in addition to Wu, the film will feature Henry Golding, as Rachel’s boyfriend, and Michelle Yeoh, perhaps best known for her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as Nick’s mom Eleanor.
“It’s been too long since there’s been an all-Asian cast,” Yeoh said in a new interviewwith Entertainment Weekly. “I’ve been very lucky to have worked on one before [2005’s Memoirs of a Geisha], but they’re too few and far between.”
Ken Jeong (Community, Dr. Ken), Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina), Gemma Chan (Humans), and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) have also joined the cast.
“I am beyond thrilled that the amazing film my fans around the world have been waiting for is finally happening,” Kwan said. “I have such tremendous respect and trust in Nina [Jacobson], Brad [Simpson], Jon [Chu], and Warner Bros, and I know they are going to create an incredible, history-making movie.”
Crazy Rich Asians is slated to hit theaters in August of 2018.
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This article originally appeared on Town & Country US.