The summer movie season isn't just the time of year when action-oriented blockbusters are thrown on to the big screen for folks to enjoy, There are also plenty of offerings from other genres, including comedy. This year, that includes the Jon M. Chu-helmed Crazy Rich Asians, based off the book of the same name by Kevin Kwan. With the movie only four months away, we finally have our first look at what Crazy Rich Asians will look like thanks to the first trailer, which you can watch below.
Like its source material, Crazy Rich Asians follows the romance between economics professor Rachel Chu and Nick Young, who comes from one of the wealthiest families in the world thanks to their development business in Singapore. His claim in the trailer that he and his family are "comfortable" is the understatement of the year. What started off as a simple relationship morphs into something incredibly more complicated when Nick invites Rachel to meet his family at his best friend's wedding. In addition to the culture clash, Rachel must also deal with Nick's mother, who believes that Rachel isn't good enough for her son. But not to worry, because along with life lessons being passed on, Crazy Rich Asians will be filled with comedic moments and hilarious misunderstandings. To be fair, I might have thought that green liquid was to drink rather than to dip your fingers in, too.
Crazy Rich Asians assembled quite the talented cast, from Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh to Ken Jeong and Gemma Chan. However, if I had to guess who the movie's breakout character will be, that honor will belong to Awkwafina's Goh Peik Lin, Rachel's best friend who unquestionably has the funniest lines in this trailer. With Awkwafina also appearing in Ocean's 8 this summer, something tells me that 2018 is going to be a big year for her film-wise.
As for the movie itself, this has the potential to be one of the smaller hits in the latter half of this summer movie season, mainly because it feels so different from most of the other romantic comedy fare that's typically screened. Kevin Kwan followed up the Crazy Rich Asians novel with 2015's China Rich Girlfriend and 2017's Rich People Problems, so if the Crazy Rich Asians movie is does well at the box office, then the following two tales could also receive the cinematic treatment in the coming years.
Crazy Rich Asians will be released in theaters on August 17, and if you're interested in learning what other movies are arriving to the silver screen later this year, check out our 2018 release schedule.