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BLING Dynasty

THE FILM VERSION OF THE BEDAZZLING BEST-SELLER CRAZY RICH ASIANS BLAZES ONTO THE SCREEN NEXT YEAR, STARRING HENRY GOLDING AND CONSTANCE WU. EW GOES BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE RIDICULOUSLY GLAM ROMANCE THAT’S ABOUT TO SWEEP THE FAR EAST—AND THE NEAR WEST—OFF ITS FEET.
Henry Golding and Constance Wu photographed on Oct. 21, 2017, in Los Angeles

KEVIN KWAN IS STRUGGLING TO FIND THE RIGHT WORDS.* IT’S BEEN NEARLY 24 HOURS since the author saw a rough cut of Crazy Rich Asians, the film adaptation of his best-selling book, and he’s still not sure how to describe the sensation of seeing his characters in a movie for the very first time. “I mean, my heart definitely skipped a beat,” he says. “To see the story unfold, just how I imagined it, was…” He trails off. “I’m being fabulously inarticulate, but everything that’s happened has been amazing. I feel like every few months I have to pinch myself.”

That periodic pinching has been going on for more than four years. Kwan’s debut novel, loosely based on his own childhood memories of Singapore, was snapped up by The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson shortly after hitting shelves in 2013. It’s not hard to see why: The real-life, jaw-dropping opulence of Asia’s über-rich practically begs to be splashed on the big screen. In the book, Kwan details outrageous luxuries, from climate-controlled closets packed with next season’s couture pieces (why, of course!) to yachts equipped with swimming pools (yes, more than one!) and even to private planes with

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