WATCH: Sparks fly between Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding in ‘Last Christmas’ trailer
In “Last Christmas”, Emilia Clarke, who was revealed through her turn as Daenerys in “Game of Thrones”, will be playing her first romantic comedy role. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, Universal Pictures released the first trailer for the film, which will hit theaters on Nov. 8, in time for the holidays.
In “Last Christmas”, a reference to the classic song from 1980’s group Wham!, Clarke plays Kate, a young woman who works in a Christmas store. Cynical and demotivated, she is drifting through a passionless life. One day, her boss (Michelle Yeoh), loudly exclaims “I have nicknamed her ‘Lazy the Elf’ because she appears never to work” to a group of customers.
At that point, Kate meets Henry Golding’s Tom, a mysterious young man she will quickly grow close to, opening up to him to the point where she confides that she twice came close to dying, “I was really sick and I nearly died. I do not tell people because they get weird, but I do not think you will get weird,” Clarke confides in the three-minute trailer. “I am just scared all the time.”
The feature, which was co-written by Emma Thompson (who also plays Kate’s mother), was directed by Paul Feig, the filmmaker behind the 2018 film “A Simple Favor” starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick.
“Last Christmas” will be Clarke’s return to cinema following 2018’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. The upcoming rom-com will also bring Yeoh together with Golding following the global success of “Crazy Rich Asians”, in which they both played lead roles.
The plot of “Last Christmas” hits especially close to home for Clarke. The British actress has revealed that she suffered two life-threatening aneurysms while on the set of “Game of Thrones”. HM/JB
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