In an effort to help aspiring Asian actors get their foot in the door, director Jon M. Chu is conducting an open casting call for people of Asian descent to appear in his new film, Crazy Rich Asians.
An adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name by Singaporean writer Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American economics professor who unknowingly enters the realm of the outrageously rich and famous when she meets her Chinese boyfriend’s family for the first time in Singapore.
In a video posted to YouTube on Thursday (January 19), Chu acknowledges the lack of Asian representation onscreen and how difficult it can be for actors with Asian roots to receive opportunities for big breaks.
“You may or may not know, but this is the first all-Asian cast from an American Hollywood studio in a long, long time,” he says. “So it’s a huge step in representation and a great opportunity to showcase all of the most talented Asian actors out there.”
Chu, who helmed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is looking for emerging actors and those with a “cool personality and hidden talents” to appear in the film. Preference will be given to individuals who are able to play a person of Chinese-Singaporean descent.
Interested applicants should create a two-minute video giving their name and country of residence, and showcasing a “unique talent” such as singing or juggling. Candidates must then perform one of four provided scenes as detailed on the Crazy Rich Asians website.
The completed video must be posted to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube with the hashtag #CrazyRichAsiansCasting.
“This is not a contest,” Chu stresses. “You don’t get a prize; you could actually get a job.”
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and may reside anywhere in the world. No professional acting training or experience is required.
The deadline to submit videos is February 10, 2017. Filming for Crazy Rich Asians begins in April.
For more information about the casting call, including the full list of guidelines, click here.