‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Shares Emotional Letter He Wrote To Coldplay Asking To Use ‘Yellow’ In The Film

For Director Jon M. Chu, it was an impassioned letter that made all the difference in getting his hands on Coldplay’s song.

Crazy Rich Asians may be the hottest rom-com ticket in town bringing in an impressive $34 million over its five-day opening weekend, making it the “best-performing comedy since last year’s Girls Trip,” according to Wired Magazine. It’s also the first wide release Hollywood movie with an all-Asian cast in the 25 years since The Joy Luck Club hit theaters back in 1993—and it’s anticipated to do even better this weekend. 

For some, that’s due in no small part to the movie’s soundtrack, which features predominantly Asian artists as well. 

With a track list carefully curated by Chu and music supervisor Gabe Hilfer (who compiled a list of nearly 100 songs about money) the soundtrack boasts some killer reimagined hits like Coldplay’s Yellow performed by Katherine Ho, Madonna’s Material Girl (200Du) by Sally Yeh, and Barrett Strong’s famously covered Beatles’ tune, Money (That’s What I Want) hotly redone by 19 year-old Cheryl K. and one of the movie’s supporting cast members, rapper Awkwafina. 

But to Chu, it was Coldplay’s Yellow that he most wanted to see on the soundtrack. 

That’s because, as Chu said in the heartfelt letter he originally sent the band, and only recently released publicly, requesting the Chris Martin and company’s permission to use the song, it:

…became an anthem for me and my friends and gave us a new sense of pride we never felt before…

Read Chu’s letter to the band in its entirety below for yourself:

It seems fans of both the film and the soundtrack noticed the effort:

Folks were moved by Chu’s vulnerability and passion after seeing the letter:

And these Twitter users gave us all a glimpse at the rest of the story:

So it turns out that Coldplay ended up inadvertently doing with Yellow what Chu hopes to do with his vision of Kevin Kwan’s blockbuster book Crazy Rich Asians on the big screen:

  …give a whole generation of Asian-Americans, and others, the same sense of pride I got when I heard your song. . . I want them all to have anthem that makes them feel as beautiful as your words and melody made me feel when I needed it most.

If you haven’t seen the movie or the trailer yet, you might wanna peep this:

H/T: Entertainment Weekly, Wired, HuffPost, Twitter