Asian movie with all-Asian international cast? Yes! 'Crazy Rich Asians' includes local stars

A movie plot based on a book about Singaporeans, that takes place in Singapore. The cast is Asian and the movie is directed by an American studio.

If you think this is merely wishful thinking that is never going to happen, you are wrong, reports AsiaOne.

Things seem to finally be going Singapore's way, after a Criminal Minds episode with much-criticised stereotypes about our sunny island and a spectacular misrepresentation of local hawker food on INSIDER food.

The cast list for the upcoming film 'Crazy Rich Asians', which is based on the popular book of the same name, was recently revealed.

And audiences can expect to see local celebrities Pierre Png, Fiona Xie and Tan Kheng Hua on screen, according to Warner Bros. Pictures.

The three are part of an entirely Asian international cast which includes Chinese-American actresses Constance Wu, Singapore-based host-presenter Henry Golding, and Malaysian stars Michelle Yeoh and Ronny Chieng.

Filming has commenced and the movie, which will be set entirely in Singapore and Malaysia, is being directed by 'Now You See Me 2' director Jon M. Chu.

The plot is based on author Kevin Kwan's book from 2013 about rich families living in Singapore, and will see the male lead Golding's feature film debut. 

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Kwan wrote:

"Three years ago I sat across a table from Nina Jacobson in LA and told her that my dream was to make 'Crazy Rich Asians' a showcase for the amazingly talented actors of Asian descent from all over the world.

"Nina promised to make my dream come true, and she kept her promise."

The story revolves around wealthy bachelor Nick Young as he comes back to Singapore for his best friend's wedding with his girlfriend Rachel Chu.

Rachel will be played by Wu. 

Over the course of the story, Rachel finds discovers things about Nick that she was unaware of.

One of these things is that he is one of the most sought-after bachelors in Singapore. 

Netizens appreciated the announcement, with many comments supporting the casting decisions made.