The Costa Rican-American actor and dancer confirmed the casting news on Twitter. He wrote, “I loved the book! Extremely excited to join ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and be part of such a stellar cast!”
I loved the book! Extremely excited to join "Crazy Rich Asians" and be part of such a stellar cast! ?? https://t.co/lxlzAiUXORADVERTISEMENT
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) June 5, 2017
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will be playing Astrid Leong’s (played by Gemma Chan) ex-boyfriend, Charlie Wu.
Shum is best known for his role as football player Mike Chang on Fox’s hit musical series “Glee”. He has starred in several films including “Step Up 2”, “Revenge of the Green Dragons”, and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”. He currently plays a bisexual demon slayer named Magnus Bane in Freeform’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”.
“Crazy Rich Asians” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Originally written by Singaporean author Kevin Kwan, the film will be directed by “Now You See Me 2” director Jon M. Chu, with a screenplay by “The Proposal”‘s Peter Chiarelli and “Lethal Weapon”‘s Adele Lim.
The story centres on Nick Young (played by Henry Golding) and his girlfriend and fellow professor Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu). 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.
Filming is currently underway in Singapore, with more scenes reportedly to be shot in Malaysia.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter/ Source: Twitter.