Updated on April 17, 2017, 4:28 p.m.
Looks like our guess was right. Kris Aquino has officially landed a role in Crazy Rich Asians. She’s the first Filipina to be cast in the film.
According to Inquirer.net, Kris is slated to play an Asian princess, either of Bruneian or Malaysian descent. She will star alongside Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Constance Wu, Sonoya Mizuno, and Gemma Chan.
The film will be directed by Jon M. Chu, who promises an all-Asian cast for the romantic comedy.
We can’t wait how the entire film will turn out. Congratulations again, Kris!
Kris Aquino is taking a major step in her career as she is about to sign a contract for a Hollywood film. But how did the “Queen of All Media” get it?
In an Instagram post, Kris shared how Tony and Grammy-winning Broadway producer Jhett Tolentino contacted her about the role. “He was helping a Filipino-Chinese-American agent friend of his reach me to ask if I’d want to audition for a big Hollywood studio movie [that’s] about to start filming,” she writes.
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For a year, i experienced rejections. A part of my spirit broke. There were 2 shows i lost because hiring an Aquino for TV was a political risk not worth taking… But something happened March 23, 2017- a Tony & Grammy award winning Broadway producer, Jhett Tolentino contacted me through Cong. Len Alonte and Manang Nene Chan. He was helping a Filipino-Chinese-American agent friend of his reach me to ask if I'd want to audition for a big Hollywood studio movie about to start filming. The pressure was I had to submit my reel in 72 hrs. I felt I had nothing to lose, so we went for it. 48 hrs after Jhett's call, on March 25 we mounted an audition shoot in Manila Peninsula. Thank you ARMADA, Direk Ricky Villabona, Jules Dacanay, DOP Shayne Sarte & her team, Juan Sarte, Nante Alingasa, Kimi Yap, my finance guru Nicko Falcis, Alvin, and the entire Kris Online team, plus Atty Joji's Quantum Post Production for the unwavering faith. We shot, they immediately edited & color graded, both my audition scenes & video BIO. Sunday we sent the high definition material. And we waited. And PRAYED. Tonight I fly to Los Angeles to meet Chris Lee, my agent to sign my contract. I passed 5 levels of intense scrutiny and was offered a role. It is surreal to be reading the script from a major Hollywood studio watermarked on every page with my name. I signed a non disclosure agreement so until they reveal my participation I can't share any details about the movie & my role. But today Easter Sunday- I wanted you to know my story… I pray it gives you encouragement & hope. I am proof that in life doors will shut & there will be heartbreaking setbacks but FAITH in God's plan will open new, unexpected doors. We just need to trust in His Love, Provision, Restoration & Perfect Timing. Grace is unmerited; it's God's Gift we humbly receive with a heart overflowing with Gratitude. To my siblings & sons- I share this blessing w/ you. THANK YOU for being my strength. ❤️
Kris then submitted test reels and attended an audition at Manila Peninsula. She adds that she “passed 5 levels of intense scrutiny and was offered the role.”
“It is surreal to be reading the script from a major Hollywood studio watermarked on every page with my name,” she continues.
As of posting time, Kris may have already landed in LA to meet with the film’s team and sign the contract. We still don’t know the details yet as she’s not allowed to share much.
If we were to guess, she might (emphasis on “might”) just star in the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians. Author Kevin Kwan recently followed her on Instagram and he also teased that there will be more surprises for the cast. Hmmm.
Anyway, good luck on your future endeavors, Kris!
Photo courtesy of Kris Aquino’s Instagram account