Hollywood initially wanted “Crazy Rich Asians” to cast a white lead actress

Constance Wu seems so well-suited to her role as Rachel Chu in the box-office hit Crazy Rich Asians that it’s hard to imagine any other actress playing the coveted part.

But in an alternative reality, the role could have been given to a white actress. As Kevin Kwan, author of the novel upon which the movie is based and executive editor of the film adaptation, told Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross in a recent interview, one of the producers who initially approached him to option his book said the...


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