Emilia Clarke Takes the Lead in Emma Thompson's Holiday Rom-Com 'Last Christmas'

We're not even through September and there's already talk of Christmas? In this case, it's in the form of a festive movie, co-written by Emma Thompson (The Children Act) and performance artist and playwright, Bryony Kimmings (The Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer), reports The Hollywood Reporter.

While storyline details are minimal — so far we only know it's a holiday romance set in London — there's been some big movement in casting. We're just hearing that Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is set to take the lead opposite Henry Golding, who you can see in the mega hit, Crazy Rich Asians.

Clarke may be best known as GoT's Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, but she has played the romantic lead before, like in 2016's drama Me Before You, starring opposite Sam Claflin.

If you missed it the first time around, here's Clarke as the slightly hapless Lou:


As well as Crazy Rich Asians, we can look for relative newbie Golding in the just released (September 14) and much buzzed about A Simple Favor, starring opposite Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. And... well, that's it (so far). For an actor with only two released film projects to his name, he's landing some seriously solid roles and really making a name for himself. He's also finished filming on the drama Monsoon, which has yet to be given a premiere date.

You probably haven't missed this, because promos for Crazy Rich Asians are everywhere, but here's a look at the trailer:


This isn't Thompson's first time taking on writing duties, having also penned the script for 1995's Sense and Sensibility, which won her an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. She also wrote Nanny McPhee (2005), Nanny McPhee Returns (2010), Effie Gray (2014) and Bridget Jones's Baby (2016). But we're curious to see how this collaboration with first time film writer Kimmings goes.

Paul Feig, who brought Bridesmaids to the big screen, is set to direct, having finished directing A Simple Favor, now in theaters.

Are you pleased to hear Emma Thompson is back to script writing?