People Are Begging Comedian Jason Leong To Act As Jho Low In The Upcoming 'Whale' Movie

SAYS got in touch with Dr. Jason to hear his thoughts.

Cover image via Fortune/Jason Leong

Co-author Tom Wright recently announced that there may be an upcoming Hollywood movie in the works based on the bestselling book, 'Billion Dollar Whale'

However, in an interview with Malay Mail, the reporter declined to say which person would play the book's main character – Malaysia's fugitive tycoon, Jho Low.

Image via NST

Although the author has not said anything, several netizens have been practically begging Malaysian stand-up comedian Dr. Jason Leong to play the role of Jho Low

Some even took it a step further and set up a petition to make it a reality.

Image via Change.org

One netizen tweeted both of their photos next to each other, as several others jokingly questioned the comedian's relationship to Jho Low

The tweet has garnered close to 6,000 retweets since it was posted.

Since then, the comedian has responded to the requests with a few mixed feelings

"I feel flattered and at the same time a little bit unflatterred (is that a word?). I mean, why can't they say I should play Thor?" he told SAYS jokingly.

However, when asked what he would do if he was offered the role, Jason said that he would do anything to get the part.

"I would pay money to play the role. Any amount. I will mortgage my soul to be in it. I would consider it a national service," he replied.

SAYS: If you were given the opportunity to act as Jho Low, where is the one place you would hide?

Jason: In Klang. No one will want to go there.

SAYS: Now that everyone seems to be nominating you as Jho Low, who do you think deserves to act as Najib?

Jason: (There are) so many talented actors in Malaysia who can take on that role. Jalaluddin Hassan, I think will suit. I mean, he doesn't really LOOK like Najib, but that guy is a veteran actor and can pull it off, IMHO.

Malaysian actor Jalaluddin Hassan.

Image via Harian Metro

SAYS: Who is your dream cast for the movie?


1) Najib: Jalaluddin Hassan

2) Rosmah: Adibah Noor (although kak Adibah is wayyy prettier).

3) Mahathir: Tun M (so I can meet him in person).

SAYS: If you could meet Jho Low, what would you want to say to him?

Jason: If I met Jho Low I would ask him, "Hey wanna come to Malaysia with me? I take you go mamak, come."

And then inform the authorities.

Who would you cast as Najib and Rosmah? Tell us in the comments section below!

Speaking of Jho Low, here's what the co-author said they discovered from their three-year investigation into 1MDB:

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