Crazy Rich Asians was a huge success when it was released in 2018, grossing nearly $240 million and receiving rave reviews worldwide. After such success, it’s no wonder Warner Bros. quickly switched to a sequel supported by Kevin Kwan’s sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, with the third novel, Rich People Problems, also slated for the big screen.
The sequel will bring back an equivalent cast that made the main movie a hit, and so the plan was to shoot the two movies one after the other in 2020. However, some backstage issues caused a possible delay. What about Crazy Rich Asians 2? Here’s everything you’d like to understand about the sequel.
When will Crazy Rich Asians 2 take place?
There are certain already agreed upon commitments that the actors have because of which the film is continually being delayed. Constance Wu has other films planned, while Awkwafina had films like The Little Mermaid and Marvels ShangChi, and Gemma Chan had her own Marvel Eternals movie.
Jon M Chu will return as director, but at the time of the announcement, he was busy acting in Into the Heights, Manuel Miranda’s first musical. Another problem that would delay the sequel is that co-writer Adele Lim left the sequel thanks to a salary difference. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Lim, a veteran television screenwriter, earned significantly less than co-screenwriter Peter Chiarelli, a writer who received much credit for The Proposal in 2009 and signed the project before Chu directed it.
The salary negotiations lasted five months and Lim was offered a salary closer to Chiarelli’s, but only because Chiarelli offered to share his fee with her. After Lim turned down the deal, she said, “Pete was incredibly good, but what I get shouldn’t depend on the generosity of another white writer.” No one was hired to switch Lim, so Chiarelli is working on the sequel with Chu at the moment and therefore the pair received a 10-page gift from Warner Bros. in July 2019.
What can it be about?
The second book in Kevin Kwan’s trilogy follows the ongoing drama surrounding Rachel Chu and Nick Young’s engagement. China Rich Girlfriend begins two years after Crazy Rich Asians, and as the lead film reflects its original footage, the sequel will likely remain on the threshold of romance.
The sequel’s events have already been planted in Crazy Rich Asians, whose mid-credit scene includes a reunion between Gemma Chan’s Astrid and her ex-boyfriend Charlie (played by Glees Harry Shum Jr.). The story is about Rachel’s reunion with her long-lost father and introduces her to the planet of Chinese billionaires, whose wealth surpasses that of her future relatives in Singapore. (The title contradicts the exclamation of Eleanor, Nick’s mother: “These people aren’t just rich on a few hundred million a day. You’re rich in China!”
The main plot of the novel revolves around the growing differences between Astrid and Michael, her husband. Amid the growing sense of revenge, Astrid and Charlie begin to get closer.
Crazy Rich Asians 2 Trailer
The movie hasn’t even started running yet, so unfortunately a trailer may be a long way off. Once the footage is confirmed, we’ll make a better estimate of when the trailer will arrive.