Universal Pictures’ upcoming Last Christmas film, inspired by Wham!’s famous 1984 holiday hit of the same name, is set to feature previously unreleased music from George Michael. The singer additionally helped form the film’s concept prior to his death in 2016, according to a July article from RadioTimes.com.
Last Christmas stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (A Simple Favor, Crazy Rich Asians) and the actress/writer Emma Thompson. “When I came on board, George was up for it," the film's co-writer Bryony Kimmings told the site. "He’d already signed something to say yes, but he’d passed away, and Greg and Emma were still very keen to write it.”
Kimmings added that while she had written a trans lead into her original draft -- inspired by Michael’s gay rights advocacy work -- she doubts her chosen gender identity for the character remains. Kimmings still hopes there’s a queer narrative somewhere in the film.
The film's synopsis states, “Kate (Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may.”
The Wham!-inspired film is slated to hit theaters Nov. 8, 2019.