Rising star Henry Golding takes more lead roles, including SNAKE EYES
Updated: Jul 12, 2021
By Mary Jeneverre Schultz
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Malaysian actor and television host Henry Golding, 34, steps onto the silver screen this summer as a bad-ass martial artist in the latest comic-book hero, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, a spinoff from the GI Joe-movie franchise.
Golding has appeared in major films since 2018, when he catapulted off the big, silver screens of Hollywood in the blockbuster hit Crazy Rich Asians. In recent years, Golding has appeared in mainstream Hollywood with his sexy British drawl, dreamy brown eyes and golden, brown skin.
“I think Golding is so handsome and frankly, so ethnically ambiguous (because he’s biracial) that he’ll have a good career in ‘mainstream’ Hollywood, but I think it would be a shame if the mainstream studio powers-that-be cast him in non-Asian roles. I would love to see him celebrate his Malaysian heritage,” said Gil Asakawa, cultural consultant and journalist on Asian culture.
The polished, soft-spoken Golding is banking on his success by working the Hollywood circuit, social media and sponsorships for multiple streams of outlets. He also has started his own production company, Long House Productions, with the hopes of creating more stories from his experiences living in Asia, London and the U.S.
The former hair stylist didn’t come out of nowhere. He was a “travel presenter” for Asian travel shows, starting in 2007. You can find his mini-travel shows on YouTube.
As the lead actor playing Snake Eyes, Golding will be in theaters this summer along with Andrew Koji, who plays Tommy/Storm Shadow, and Haruka Abe, who plays Akiko. In Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins,, Golding plays a character who comes to the aid of an ally.
As a thank you, the friend in need welcomes Golding into an infamous Japanese clan. The movie is full of action with fast cars and skillful incorporation of swords and knives. To prepare for the production, Golding confessed spending four hours a day to learn sword skills.
The movie premieres on July 23, 2021. For more information, visit snakeeyesmovie.com or follow the movie on social media @SnakeEyes and #SnakeEyes.