Henry Golding has been cast as the lead actor in the much-talked about film Crazy Rich Asians, according to Hollywood Reporter. He will play the role of Nick Young, the wealthy, eligible bachelor from Singapore.
This will be his first feature film. Golding, 30, is more known as a host and travel presenter on shows such as Without Boundaries, Welcome To The Railroad and Now Everybody Can Travel To New Zealand. He started off in showbiz as a host on 8TV's Quickie segment.
A trained hairstylist, Golding is of English and Iban parentage. He grew up in England and is currently based in Malaysia and Singapore. In a 2015 interview with The Star, Golding mentioned he is always game to branch out and try new things when it comes to his career.
"You can hit the proverbial roof at certain areas in the industry unless you venture out. And I never really set out in my career to stay in one place. I wanted to go out and try new things. Luckily, I've had that opportunity," said Golding.
The plot in Crazy Rich Asians revolves around Rachel Chu, an American-born Chinese girl who goes to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick, to attend his best friend's wedding. Upon arriving, she finds out that he is from a wealthy family and all the single ladies are out to woo him. On top of that, Nick's mother is not too fond of Rachel.
Constance Wu from TV sitcom Fresh Off The Boat is set to play Rachel while Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh will portray Nick's mother, Eleanor. Jon M. Chu, who previously directed the heist movie Now You See Me 2, will direct.
An absolute dream come true with many people to thank ? Firstly #WarnerBros, #ColorForce and #IvanhoePictures for putting their trust in me for such an amazing role. @jonmchu for tracking me down out of the thousands of fantastic talent here in Asia, having belief in me and spearheading such an awesome movie. @kevinkwanbooks for writing one of the most entertaining and enjoyable books that we have all come to love (The third installment is out soon!). @wonstancecoo and @michelleyeoh_official are some of the strongest voices for women and Asians across the world, it truly is a gift to have the chance to work with them on this exciting new journey. Literally bursting at the seams in anticipation! And of course thankyooooouuu to everybody who have sent words of congratulations and support, love you all! Xxx
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) March 28, 2017