What better way to celebrate the holidays with the timeless combination of George Michael’s music and heterosexual romance! That’s essentially the whole plot of Last Christmas, an upcoming holiday film starring Emilia Clarke, aka the Mother of Dragons, and Crazy Rich Asians hunk Henry Golding.
Based on the trailer, the film seems to follow Kate (Clarke), who works as an elf at a novelty Christmas shop, as she gets pooped on by birds) and attempts to become less jaded, just in time for the holidays. (Golding, playing Tom, offers a refreshing view of getting pooped on: “It’s good luck, you know.”) Helping her out is her boss, played by his Crazy Rich Asians co-star Michelle Yeoh. Emma Thompson also stars and co-wrote the film’s script.
But the real star of the trailer is George Michael, whose music is the film’s emotional center — which seems like an odd choice for a movie that seems as cishetero as they come. “The great sadness is that he’s not here to be a part of this,” director Paul Feig told Entertainment Weekly. “But he knew [the movie] was going to happen, and that gives me such joy. We feel like he’s here with us.” Michael died on Christmas Day in 2016, making the tribute especially poignant — and the creative choice not to obviously center any queer characters (as far as we can tell form the trailer) even more disappointing.
Feig also described the film as a “dramatic romantic comedy,” explaining: “It’s got the idea of romance, but also of somebody trying to repair their life — of familial tensions and how a family is falling apart and what it takes to put a family back together and dealing with the aftermath of difficult situations.”
Last Christmas is in theaters November 8.