KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian actor Henry Golding is certainly lighting up Hollywood with his “Midas touch” and living up to his aureate surname.
After his triumphant transition to Tinseltown via the spectacular success of Crazy Rich Asians, the debonaire 31-year-old actor has literally exploded and is encouragingly in no short supply of further movie projects.
Just hours ago, the Sarawak-born former TV host for BBC’s The Travel Show gave fans a heads-up that he will be working with famous British director Guy Ritchie on his next movie, alongside Hollywood stars Matthew McConaughey and Kate Beckinsale.
In a post on Instagram, he wrote: “I was bred on Lock stock and Snatch... Can't wait to work with @guyritchie.”
The entry was accompanied by a screen-cap of an online Variety article announcing the good news.
The article, which came out yesterday, revealed that Ritchie would be returning to the crime genre with Toff Guys.
The film is expected to be in the same vein as the kinetic British mobster flicks with A-list talent that helped launch his career, like Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000).
Toff Guys will explore the collision between European “old money” and the modern marijuana industry.
According to Variety, it follows a British drug lord attempting to cash out on his highly-profitable empire by selling it off to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.
Aside from Toff Guys, Golding, who is of English and Iban descent, will also be starring in the upcoming romantic comedy, Last Christmas, alongside Game Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.
The Hollywood film will be directed by Paul Feig, of Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy fame.
This marks the hunky actor’s second time working with Feig, after A Simple Favor.
The mystery thriller, which also stars Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, opens in cinemas nationwide today.