Beware, mild spoilers will be revealed in this news story about Crazy Rich Asians, if you haven’t seen it yet, bookmark and return when you have.
In the same way that earlier in the year Black Panther did well, Crazy Rich Asians has performed exceptionally well at the box office. That’s what happens when you cater to under-represented people groups in cinema.
Well, a big turnout of $35 million dollars over the course of the film’s five day opening weekend in the US seems to confirm that most people agree on that sentiment, so it was probably only a matter of time before we caught wind of a sequel. And like clockwork, shortly after the film’s release, The Hollywood Reporter let loose the news that Warner Brothers has officially moved forward on development of the second book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend.
The director and production tell from the first will return for the second installment. No word yet on returning cast, but it’s hard to imagine a scenario where this cast, a cast that was publically and enthusiastically invested in the film’s success, wouldn’t want to get back together and do it all again.
Crazy Rich Asians seemed to anticipate the potential for getting audiences invested in the next chapter of this story by dropping in a mid-credits scene that showed Astrid (Gemma Chan) glancing at an as yet unintroduced Harry Shum Jr. from across a party. Having not read China Rich Girlfriend, we know a sequel hook when we see it, and considering how obligatory Astrid’s storyline felt in the film it only makes sense that the next film will have a stronger focus on her.
Are you excited to return to the opulent wealth of Singapore’s ultra-wealthy with a familiar cast of lovable eccentrics?
Are you intrigued to finally explore Astrid’s character in a dimension that doesn’t feel entirely tangential?
Sound off in the comments, and we’ll keep you updated as we hear more on China Rich Girlfriend ‘s probable 2020 release.