In an upcoming British romantic comedy film called Last Christmas, Emilia Clarke plays a young aspiring singer named Kate who idolises George Michael, Emma Thompson takes on the role of Adelia (Kate’s mum) and Henry Golding portrays Tom, a mysterious stranger who later becomes Kate’s lover.
The movie is set to premiere on 8 November this year, featuring the music of the late singer, George Michael. It is directed by Paul Feig and based on a screenplay written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson. The idea was created by Thompson, her husband Greg Wise and George Michael himself. Joining the cast will be Michelle Yeoh, Rebecca Root and Patti Lapone.
Feig told BBC News that George Michael, who had already agreed to be involved in the project when the idea was first conceived, was in the middle of making a new album when he died.
“And one of our tracks is one of those songs, and it’s just an absolutely amazing song that I’m so excited the world is going to get to hear now,” Feig said.
“It’s a very celebratory song, I would dare say. And we were able to play the entire song, which is almost six minutes long, in the film. Because when you get a song that has never been heard, you don’t want to just use, like, 15 seconds of it. The song starts at the end of the film, and then goes into the credits,” he added.
When asked about the use of Michael’s music in the film, Feig explained that it will play a unique role where it “sort of travels with her (Kate) as she goes through her life”.
“There are a couple of sections where the actors are actually interacting with the music and other sections where George’s music is driving, or underscoring the story. So it’s a nice mix of being neither a jukebox movie nor straight up musical.”
Judging from the film’s trailer that just came out, it looks pretty interesting. Seems like the movie will put you on an emotional roller coaster ride. The casting, the setting, the story — everything seems to be well-put together. There’s a lot going on in the trailer itself. I hope they didn’t give away too much before it even hits the cinemas.
What I’m most looking forward to is how they incorporate Michael’s music. Good music gives the support every movie needs and Michael’s songs is good music. I’m glad they’re not turning it into a musical film so it’d be very interesting to see how his songs drive the story and its characters.