In honor of the fast-approaching holiday season, Netflix has released a new extended trailer for A Very Murray Christmas. The upcoming special features another collaboration between Bill Murray and his Lost in Translation director Sophia Coppola, and includes an eclectic line-up of celebrity guests.
This new video clip could be titled "Praying for Clooney," at least for costars Amy Poehler and Julie White. The suave actor is not the only star that's missing from the guest list, however, of what is supposed to be Murray's blockbuster Christmas show. The trailer begins with the comedian singing a Christmas carol in front of name placards for the absent Clooney, Sir Paul McCartney, and Pope Francis.
A Very Murray Christmas follows the former Saturday Night Live star as he tries to salvage his live holiday extravaganza after it's been shut down by a blizzard. Along with David Letterman's longtime partner in crime, Paul Shaffer, Murray gathers up famous friends and hotel employees for an impromptu musical celebration. Netflix's official tagline for the show reads as follows:
"Bill Murray rounds up an all-star cast for an evening of music, mischief and barroom camaraderie in this irreverent twist on holiday variety shows."
As the trailer reveals, Clooney does eventually appear, along with Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Cera--who dubs the special a "Christ-mess." In a further appeal to the youth market, there's also a performance by Miley Cyrus in a Santa mini-dress. Coppola, who also cowrote the special with Murray and Mitch Glazer (Scrooged), promises plenty of unexpected laughs from her leading man:
"He's great. I love working with him because there's always a surprise. He always comes up with something you wouldn't expect. And he's such a great improviser. It's always fun to see what he comes up with. I love his mix of being so funny and fun, but also having this real heart and depth. I love when that comes through, and when you can showcase that."
Anyone who's loved Murray since his days as a lounge singer on SNL knows that the comedian can take an utterly corny idea and make it entertaining and funny. Joined by an array of talented and funny people, it's hard to see how this special won't be a success. After all, the trailer reveals a jab at The Monuments Men that manages to poke fun at both Clooney and Murray simultaneously, so it's already off to a good start.
A Very Murray Christmas premieres on Netflix on December 4th, 2015.