Since he broke-out as a filmmaker with the raunchy comedy Bridesmaids in 2011, Feig has become known for making movies both headlined and written by women. He's tried his hand at everything from a buddy cop comedy (The Heat) to a James Bond parody (Spy) and even a Ghostbusters reboot in the years since, culminating with his efforts on last week's dark comedy/mystery-thriller, A Simple Favor. The latter has earned positive reviews and featured Golding in his second big film role, following Crazy Rich Asians back in August.
According to THR, Clarke and Golding are now set to share the screen in Feig's next directorial effort, Last Christmas. Plot details for the film are scarce to come by, other than it takes place in London and involves a holiday romance between its lead characters. Oscar-winner Emma Thompson wrote the Last Christmas script with lesser-unknown Bryony Kimmings and will produce the movie alongside Feig.
Last Christmas is but the latest addition to the ongoing rom-com genre revival that began earlier this year, with the release of Netflix films like Set It Up. Things got kicked up a notch in August when Crazy Rich Asians opened to great reviews and earned strong returns at the global box office. Then, just two days after that, Netflix unveiled To All the Boys I've Loved Before - a teen rom-com that earned a similarly enthusiastic reception and may be getting a sequel in the foreseeable future (much like Crazy Rich Asians).
There have already been a couple rom-com misses this year (namely, Destination Wedding and Sierra Burgess is a Loser), but on the whole the genre has properly roared back to life after years of being underserved by movie studios. Golding has similarly proven himself to be a charismatic romantic lead, so it's good to see him returning to the genre for another installment, in addition to reuniting with Feig so quickly.
Clarke, meanwhile, hasn't gotten too many chances to show off her rom-com game thus far, in-between her dramatic roles in franchise genre fare like Terminator Genisys and Solo: A Star Wars Story - and, of course, her role as the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones. By the sound of it, Last Christmas will offer Clarke a nice change of pace after Thrones finishes it run next year. Plus, as a bonus, both she and Golding will get to use their natural accents in the England-based film.
Last Christmas does not have a release date yet. We will let you know when that changes.