Fiona Xie to play a bigger role in Crazy Rich Asians sequel

Fiona Xie to play a bigger role in Crazy Rich Asians sequel
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LOS ANGELES - The Warner Bros. movie studio is in the early stages of developing a sequel to its groundbreaking romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians," a source with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

It is unclear when a sequel could reach theatres. No script has been written and no deals have yet been signed with the movie's screenwriters, the source said.

Jon M. Chu plans to return to direct the new film, his publicist confirmed. But he is first scheduled to direct an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical "In the Heights," which is scheduled for release in June 2020.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported plans for a sequel. The trade publication said the next instalment would be based on author Kevin Kwan's second book in a trilogy, "China Rich Girlfriend."

"Crazy Rich Asians" marked a milestone as the first film from a major Hollywood studio in 25 years to feature an all-ethnic Asian ensemble cast. It stars Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and newcomer Henry Golding.

Stars of Crazy Rich Asians shine bright at Singapore premiere

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    Actor Henry Golding (R) and his wife Liv Lo (L) arrive at the film premiere of "Crazy Rich Asians" at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore on August 21, 2018.

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    Hundreds turned up at the Capitol Theatre on Tuesday night (Aug 21) to greet the stars of the film Crazy Rich Asians at the Singapore premiere of the surprise Hollywood hit.

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    The main attraction was lead actor Malaysian-British actor Henry Golding, who plays Nick Young, the heir to a fortune amassed by Singapore's wealthiest family.

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    He was joined on the carpet by his wife, actress and fitness instructor Liv Lo.

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    Also present were Singapore actors Pierre Png, Tan Kheng Hua, Koh Chieng Mun, Fiona Xie, Selena Tan, Janice Koh, Amy Cheng and Constance Lau, as well as photographer Russel Wong and others.

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    Pierre Png and wife Andrea D'cruz

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    Director John M. Chu (R) and his wife Kristin Hodge

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    Fiona Xie, who plays Kitty Pong in the film.

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    Actor Chris Pang walks the emerald carpet in Singapore.

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    The film's weekend takings of over US$35 million (S$47.9 million) in the United States has far exceeded expectations for the romantic comedy, with many seeing its success as a sign that audiences are hungry for fun love stories, and will welcome films that feature non-whites in leading roles.

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    The film, based on the 2013 bestseller of the same name by novelist Kevin Kwan, opens in theatres in Singapore on Aug 22.

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    Malaysian actress Carmen Soo.

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    Singapore actress Koh Chieng Mun.

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    Constance Lau

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    Janice Koh

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    Selena Tan

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    Producer John Penotti and guests pose at the film premiere of "Crazy Rich Asians"

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On its debut weekend, the movie topped US and Canadian box offices with $26.5 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday, and sales had topped $44 million through Tuesday. The movie is now starting to roll out in theatres around the world.

In the film, Wu plays a New York economics professor who flies to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family only to discover it is one of the wealthiest in the country. The cast was drawn from Taiwan, Britain, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, the United States and Australia, along with Singapore.

The main cast also is expected to return for the sequel, The Hollywood Reporter said. The new film also will tell the story of Astrid, the cousin of Golding's character, Nick, with a man named Charlie played by "Glee" alum Harry Shum Jr., Chu told the trade publication.

The gold-digging character in "Crazy Rich Asians," Kitty Pong, portrayed by Fiona Xie, will also have a bigger role, Chu said.

"We needed to hire somebody who can really act, because in time she becomes much more significant," he said.

The gold-digging character in "Crazy Rich Asians," Kitty Pong, portrayed by Fiona Xie, will also have a bigger role in the sequel.Photo: Warner Bros.

The plans for a sequel emerged as Singapore's defence ministry said that author Kwan, also an executive producer on the "Crazy Rich Asians" film, is wanted for defaulting on his compulsory military service. Kwan could not be reached for comment.

Warner Bros. is a unit of AT&T Inc.

Singapore actors Fiona Xie, Pierre Png work the Crazy Rich Asians red carpet in LA

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