Sonoya Mizuno is the latest to join the ever-growing cast of Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians.
Jon M. Chu is directing the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s New York Times best-selling novel, which will feature an all-Asian cast that will be led by Constance Wu and newcomer Henry Golding.
Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an America-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her history professor boyfriend Nick’s (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. What Rachel soon finds out is that Nick comes from an incredibly wealthy family and is the most eligible bachelor in Asia, meaning every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social circle now wants to bring Rachel down.
Mizuno will play Araminta, the soon-to-be married fiancee of Nick’s best friend, Colin, who also happens to be a major fashion icon in Singapore.
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, as well as Ivanhoe president John Penotti, are producing. Kevin Kwan will serve as executive producer along with Ivanhoe chairman Robert Friedland. Courtenay Valenti and Jon Gonda will oversee the project for Warner Bros.
This is the buzziest role to date for the Japan-born ballerina-turned-actress. Mizuno played the cyborg assistant (and Oscar Isaac’s dance partner) Kyoko in Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. She also appeared in La La Land as Caitlin, one of Emma Stone’s choreographically inclined onscreen roommates.
Next up: Mizuno is set for Garland’s Ex Machina follow-up Annihilation and MGM’s postapocalyptic love story The Domestics. She is repped by ICM, the U.K.’s Troika and Bloom Hergott.