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Rejoice! Unreleased music from George Michael will feature in the new film, Last Christmas

Everyone has a favourite go-to Christmas film. And let’s face it, without it the holiday just wouldn’t be the same, would it? Whether it’s Nancy Meyers’ The Holiday or Richard Curtis’ Love Actually, there’s nothing better than getting cosy with a hot chocolate in hand and plonking yourself on the sofa to watch your beloved feel good film in December.

Which is why when we first heard the news that a George Michael-inspired Christmas film was in the works, we were already sold.

The film, inspired by Michael’s heart-breaking holiday anthem Last Christmas, follows Kate (Emilia Clarke) who makes more than a few bad life decisions – including taking on a job as an elf in a year-round Christmas Shop in London. However, Tom (Henry Golding) walks into her life and, well, things start to change.

Now, it has not only been confirmed that the film will hit cinemas on 15 November 2019 been set, but that it will also feature previously unreleased music from the late Michael himself.

Before passing away on Christmas Day in 2016, the singer had already signed onto the film, actively participating in the script – along with co-script writers Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings. The feel good romance will be directed by Bridemaids’ Paul Feig.

“When I came on board, George was up for it. He’d already signed something to say yes, but he’d passed away,” Kimmings previously told the Radio Times, saying that the original film idea had been developed by Michael, Thompson and Thompson’s husband, the actor Greg Wise. 

“I tried to slip in some trans people and make sure there was queer politics in there … I don’t know how much of that remains!

“I doubt there’ll be a trans lead … But I hope that there’s quite an element of queer in there, because you know it’s the story – it’s based on the song, Last Christmas. George was such a massive advocate for gay rights – and a massive gay himself! – so I hope there’s a gay narrative in there.”

Mark your calendars. It’s going to a Christmas classic.

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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