SINGAPORE - Singapore-based host and presenter Henry Golding has landed the lead role in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, according to an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter.
He will play the extremely eligible bachelor Nick Young in the film based on Kevin Kwan's 2013 best-selling novel about wealthy families living in Singapore.
Golding, 30, is represented by management company Fly Entertainment and according to his bio on its website, his father is from England and his mother is from the Iban tribe in Sarawak. He grew up predominantly in the United Kingdom and relocated from London back to Asia in 2008.
The fully trained hairstylist turned television host got his big break on ESPN hosting a weekly football show. His credits include presenting for the BBC's The Travel Show, which is ongoing.
American actress Constance Wu from the sitcom Fresh Off The Boat (2015-present) had been previously tipped to play his America-born Chinese girlfriend Rachel, who unknowingly walks into a nest of vipers when she accompanies him back to Singapore for his best friend's wedding.
Malaysia-born actress Michelle Yeoh is slated to play Nick's mother Eleanor Young.