Crazy Rich Asians: Astrid and Fashion Porn

Lainey Posted by Lainey at April 4, 2017 19:40:29 April 4, 2017 19:40:29

Crazy Rich Asians, they’re coming!

Last week it was announced that Henry Golding has been cast as Nick, the lead male character in the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, joining Constance Wu who’s playing Rachel, and Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young. As I mentioned last week, after Rachel, Nick, and Eleanor, the next priority had to be Astrid. And today we’ve learned that they’ve found Astrid.

Gemma Chan is Astrid.

Gemma is English. Her parents are from Hong Kong. She graduated from Oxford with a law degree but decided she wanted to get into drama instead. And if you’re reading this and you have Chinese parents (or any immigrant parents) you know, YOU KNOW, what the reaction at home would have been like.


You could be a lawyer but you’re going into acting instead?!?

Anyway, the reason I’m telling you this story is because this is the background and the nuance Gemma will bring to Astrid. Crazy Rich Asians is about Asian families, about the expectations Asian parents have for their children. They’re obscenely wealthy so the expectations are all about the maintenance of obscene wealth but, culturally, the way those expectations are enforced is similar.

Astrid Leong is the most beautiful, the most stylish, a legend among the crazy rich Asians. She’s kind of the Celeste Wright of this world. CRA is nowhere near as dark as Big Little Lies, obviously, but I’m drawing the comparison here because Astrid, like Celeste, has her own secrets. She uses her reputation to camouflage them. I’m excited to see how Gemma Chan will play this. And, of course, because she’ll be Astrid, with access to the most exclusive ateliers in the world, I’m SO F-CKING EXCITED to see her wardrobe. Astrid will bring the fashion porn.



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