Writer-director James Wan, Malaysia's biggest Hollywood success, on steering films towards Asian actors

Aquaman director James Wan (second from left) on set with stars Amber Heard and Jason Momoa.
Aquaman director James Wan (second from left) on set with stars Amber Heard and Jason Momoa.PHOTO: WARNER BROS

Writer-director James Wan is Malaysia's biggest Hollywood success story by a mile - and his journey there gave him an unexpectedly personal connection to his latest hit film, the superhero blockbuster Aquaman.

Speaking to The Straits Times in New York earlier this month, the 41-year-old says he knows what it is like to straddle two cultures just like his half-human, half-aquatic hero.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2018, with the headline 'James Wan on steering films towards Asian actors'. Print Edition | Subscribe