Breaking the other color line: Asian representation in Hollywood is at a crossroads


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    Breaking the other color line: Asian representation in Hollywood is at a crossroads

    With Fresh Off the Boat and Master of None on TV and the hit book Crazy Rich Asians and a live-action adaptation of Mulan heading to the big screen, is Hollywood on the verge of a breakthrough, or is this yet another blip? Entertainment Weekly looks into the state of Asian representation this week, beginning with this story, a version of which appears in the latest issue of EW, on newsstands now. Buy it here or subscribe now for more exclusive interviews and photos.

    You know a movement is real when it lands its own hashtag. #StarringJohnCho, the social-media campaign “that literally shows you what it would look like if today’s Hollywood blockbusters cast an Asian-American actor — specifically, John Cho — as their leading man,” has yet to be realized. But that might be about to change. In October, Disney announced a live-action Mulan adaptation for a fall 2018 release and vowed to cast a Chinese actress as the eponymous heroine. (Sony has a competing Mulan project in the works, too.) Two weeks later, Warner Bros. picked up Crazy Rich Asians — based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestseller about wealthy Chinese families living in Singapore — with plans for an all-Asian cast. “Diversity is good business,” says Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.’ president of creative development and worldwide production. “It really is.” If these films prove him right, could Asian erasure in Hollywood be, well, erased?

    http://www.ew.com/article/2016/11/07/asian-actors-hollywood-diversity-crazy-rich-asians-mulan


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