Uh, yeah, sorry Asian dudes. But a White guy got the lead in Crazy Rich Asians. Yeah, I know, Kevin Kwan was hinting at an all-Asian cast. And I know that y’all were hoping for some respite after Scarlett Johannson got the role as an Asian woman and Matt Damon got to rock the Great Wall. But chill, guys. It’s a movie about rich Asian people in Asia, so there will probably be lots of opportunities for bit roles and extras who can play the busboys, maids, and concierge workers at those crazy, rich Asian hotels. Lots and lots of roles, most of which probably don’t even require speaking, and you only have to show your face for a few seconds in front of the camera! How easy is that!
On the plus side, after a year of giving Asian roles only to famous White people, Hollywood is giving opportunities to less famous White people too. It’s similar to how they gave Jennifer Lawrence an opportunity to play the non-White lead in The Hunger Games, and look how far she’s come! Maybe this new White guy will go just as far.
Also, the female lead is going to Constance Wu. Since she’ll be working opposite of a White guy, you won’t have to work hard to suspend disbelief after her public comments last year.
Sigh. It’s become harder and harder for me to take Hollywood seriously. It’s all like one big trillion-dollar joke.