Oooh yeah! New York-born rapper Awkwafina (real name Nora Lum) will be joining the cast of Warner Bros.’s upcoming novel-turned-movie “Crazy Rich Asians”.
Based on Singaporean author Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel of the same name, the film will be helmed by “Now You See Me 2” director Jon M. Chu with a script by Peter Chiarelli (from “The Proposal”) and Adele Lim (from “Lethal Weapon”).
Awkwafina is a YouTube rapping sensation and has released several singles such as “Yellow Ranger”, “Queef”, “NYC Bitche$”, “Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margarita), and “My Vag” (a parody of Mickey Avalon’s “My D-ck”). Aside from rapping, she was featured in the 3rd season of “Girl Code” (2014) and made her movie debut in “Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising” last year. The star also voiced Quail on Warner Bros.’s “Storks” and will next be seen in “Ocean’s Eight” starring Anne Hathaway and Rihanna.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Awkwafina will be playing Goh Peik Lin, Rachel Chu’s (played by Constance Wu) kind yet generous shopaholic friend from Standford who comes from a rich Singaporean family.
“Crazy Rich Asians” centres on Nick Young (played by Henry Golding) and his girlfriend and fellow professor Rachel Chu. When the couple travels back to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding, his secret is out. Nick is from a family that is worth $13 billion and he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia.
The film, which features an all-Asian cast, also stars Tan Sri Dato’ Michelle Yeoh as Nick’s controlling mother and Japanese-born British model Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta Lee, the future bride of Nick’s best friend.