Constance Wu to star in ‘Goodbye, Vitamin,’ adapted from Rachel Khong’s acclaimed novel

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Constance Wu in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to “Goodbye, Vitamin,” the 2017 debut novel from Rachel Khong, with Constance Wu attached to star.

Variety reports that Dylan Clark will produce for his Universal-based Dylan Clark Productions. Jennifer Yee McDevitt will adapt the novel, and Wu also will be an executive producer.

“Goodbye, Vitamin” follows Wu’s character, Ruth Young, who learns that her father, an acclaimed history professor, has lost his job after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Ruth decides to return home and work with one of her father’s former students to stage a fake class so he can continue teaching.

Khong’s novel was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, Huffington Post, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Booklist, The Independent and O, The Oprah Magazine. It was also the winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.

According to Variety, Brian Williams brought in the book and will oversee for Dylan Clark Productions. Director of development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of Universal.

Wu most recently starred in last summer’s hit romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” and can be seen on ABC’s TV series “Fresh Off the Boat,” which was recently renewed for another season. In addition, Wu is set to star opposite Jennifer Lopez in the STX comedy “Hustlers,” which opens on Sept. 13.

-BAM

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