Last Christmas: Romantic Comedy to Feature Unreleased Song by George Michael

A romantic comedy using  several of George Michael’s hits, Last Christmas will feature a previously unreleased song from the late singer at the end of the film, director Paul Feig said Wednesday.

The movie, which will be released by Universal on November 8, dropped its first trailer Wednesday, stars Emilia Clark, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding.

Written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson (who also produces and stars), the film borrows its title from one of Michael’s chart-toppers during his Wham! days with Andrew Ridgeley.

Michael was found dead of heart and liver disease on Christmas Day 2016. He was 53.

It was already known that “Last Christmas” would feature some unheard music from Michael. Feig revealed the details in an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, saying that Michael was working on a new album when he died.

“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,” he said, without revealing its title.

“It’s a very celebratory song,” Feig said. “And we were able to play the entire song, which is almost six minutes long, in the film.”

The track will run at the end of the movie, “because when you get a song that has never been heard, you don’t want to just use, like, 15 seconds of it,” Feig told the BBC.

In the new trailer, “Game of Thrones” Clarke is seen working in a London store, dressed as an elf.  Strains of Wham!’s “Last Christmas” are featured in the trailer, as are those of another of Michael’s hits, “Freedom.”

Feig said that while “George’s music affects the story,” the movie is not a musical.

Thompson and Greg Wise will also publish on in October a collection of personal essays, with contributors including Meryl Streep, Bill Bailey, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman and Caitlin Moran about the meaning of Christmas in a book also called “Last Christmas.” The proceeds from sales of the book will be split between two charities: Crisis and The Refugee Council 

Credits:

Directed by Paul Feig
Produced by Erik Baiers, Jessie Henderson, David Livingstone, Emma Thompson

Screenplay by Bryony Kimmings, Emma Thompson
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography by John Schwartzman