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(File pix) Actor and host Henry Golding. Pix from Henry Golding’s Instagram account
(File pix) Actor and host Henry Golding. Pix from Henry Golding’s Instagram account

KUALA LUMPUR: Looks like Henry Golding’s name will be known internationally after two Hollywood films he starred in get released later this year.

But to top it off, the 31-year-old actor and TV host has just snagged another lead role in an upcoming British film titled Monsoon.

Earlier today, the hunky star of Iban and English parentage posted the good news on his Instagram account and gushed that it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

He wrote: "Monsoon as a script blew me away. After speaking to Hong Khaou the director (who also wrote it), I knew this was something I so wanted to be a part of.”

Golding added: “Hong had a stunning film in 2014 called ‘Lilting’, terrifically beautiful, track it down if you can! I cannot wait to get stuck in to his next project, thank you to those who have guided me and had faith in my abilities. You know who you are.”

It was reported in The Hollywood Reporter that the actor would play a British Vietnamese man, who travels from London to his birth country of Vietnam to scatter his parents’ ashes, in the drama.

The character was said to have left Saigon with his family as boat refugees when he was young. After growing up in London, he returns to Vietnam and feels a lack of connection to his home country and culture.

The film, to be financed by BFI and BBC, will be directed by Hong Khaou, a Cambodia-born British filmmaker and writer.

Golding was a TV host for 8TV’s Welcome To The Railworld Japan and 8TV Quickie, as well as Discovery Channel Asia’s Surviving Borneo before heading over to Tinseltown.

The actor will be making his feature film debut, staring opposite Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu and Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, in Crazy Rich Asians.

Based on Kevin Kwan's popular novel of the same name, the John M Chu-directed rom-com will open in August 17.

Golding will also star opposite Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in Paul Feig's female-driven thriller A Simple Favor, which opens on September 14.

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