It’s November 4, the smell of pine and balsam is in the air, and I’ve had “All I Want for Christmas Is You” on repeat for the last 84 hours. The holidays are officially here (Thanksgiving truthers, please see the door), and what better way to celebrate than with footage of Henry Golding in a crisp trench coat pedaling his bike through London’s Covent Garden. We might as well cancel Christmas now, because this is all I’ve ever wanted.
ELLE.com has an exclusive preview of Last Christmas, the latest entry in the grand tradition of instantly classic British Christmas films. Inspired by the music of George Michael, the movie stars Golding as a mysterious stranger who comes to the rescue of down-on-her-luck Kate (Emilia Clarke), an aspiring singer who’s working for an unforgiving boss (Michelle Yeoh) at a Christmas shop open year-round. Emma Thompson co-wrote the script and plays Kate’s overbearing mother, and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is behind the camera. Love Actually, who?
In an interview with NPR, former Game of Thrones star Clarke described her character as an anti-heroine with “mother-of-dragon tendencies,” adding, “We’re quite used to seeing, I think, in rom-coms a sort of perfect depiction of a young lady—and that ain’t Kate.”
Last Christmas hits theaters Friday, November 4—plenty of time for repeat viewing before Christmas Day. Get tickets