Kris Aquino Rumored to Be Cast in Crazy Rich Asians Film

The film version of the bestselling novel will have an all-Asian cast and maybe a familiar Filipino face.

Manila is all aflutter with rumors that former presidential daughter and sister Kris Aquino may be joining the cast of the film version of the bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians.

Aquino, who has been posting photos of the book on her social media accounts, has also expressed her excitement about a certain unnamed movie role through an Instagram post. "It is surreal to be reading the script from a major Hollywood studio watermarked on every page with my name," she wrote. Although she says she has signed a non-disclosure agreement that does not allow her to reveal her participation in the film, many are already speculating about what role Aquino will play if indeed the mystery movie is the film Crazy Rich Asians. 

For a year, i experienced rejections. A part of my spirit broke. There were 2 shows i lost because hiring an Aquino for TV was a political risk not worth taking... But something happened March 23, 2017- a Tony & Grammy award winning Broadway producer, Jhett Tolentino contacted me through Cong. Len Alonte and Manang Nene Chan. He was helping a Filipino-Chinese-American agent friend of his reach me to ask if I'd want to audition for a big Hollywood studio movie about to start filming. The pressure was I had to submit my reel in 72 hrs. I felt I had nothing to lose, so we went for it. 48 hrs after Jhett's call, on March 25 we mounted an audition shoot in Manila Peninsula. Thank you ARMADA, Direk Ricky Villabona, Jules Dacanay, DOP Shayne Sarte & her team, Juan Sarte, Nante Alingasa, Kimi Yap, my finance guru Nicko Falcis, Alvin, and the entire Kris Online team, plus Atty Joji's Quantum Post Production for the unwavering faith. We shot, they immediately edited & color graded, both my audition scenes & video BIO. Sunday we sent the high definition material. And we waited. And PRAYED. Tonight I fly to Los Angeles to meet Chris Lee, my agent to sign my contract. I passed 5 levels of intense scrutiny and was offered a role. It is surreal to be reading the script from a major Hollywood studio watermarked on every page with my name. I signed a non disclosure agreement so until they reveal my participation I can't share any details about the movie & my role. But today Easter Sunday- I wanted you to know my story... I pray it gives you encouragement & hope. I am proof that in life doors will shut & there will be heartbreaking setbacks but FAITH in God's plan will open new, unexpected doors. We just need to trust in His Love, Provision, Restoration & Perfect Timing. Grace is unmerited; it's God's Gift we humbly receive with a heart overflowing with Gratitude. To my siblings & sons- I share this blessing w/ you. THANK YOU for being my strength. ??

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The film, based on the international best-seller by Kevin Kwan, 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, Rachel, home to meet the parents.


The Hollywood Reporter writes that Fresh Off the Boat actress Constance Wu is to star in the adaptation as Rachel.

Director Jon Chu has promised an all-Asian cast and so far, he's delivered. These are the confirmed cast members and their corresponding roles:

Constance Wu as Rachel Chu

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Henry Golding as Nick Young

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Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong

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Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta Lee

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Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young

Astrid, Nick, and Rachel

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Kris Aquino in an unknown role

Other details about the cast or expected timeline for the film have yet to be released.

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