Emilia Clarke was nervous to sing George Michael's songs in 'Last Christmas' - which is out in NZ today

Emilia Clarke felt intimidated by the thought of singing George Michael songs in Last Christmas - which is out in New Zealand cinemas today.

The 33-year-old actress stars alongside Henry Golding and Dame Emma Thompson in the romantic comedy film - which features music from the late singer - and Emilia has admitted she was initially overawed by the prospect of singing the iconic tunes.

Speaking about her role in the Paul Feig-directed film, Emilia told Entertainment Tonight: "I don't do my own stunts but I do do my own singing.

"I was aware that that would be too much pressure for me to be like, 'It's George Michael! I'm singing to George Michael!'

"[But then] I kind of realised that the words that I were saying were so poignant for the character, and that I was telling her story, and it's just that George Michael was giving me the vehicle with which to do it."

The pop legend's music plays a central role in the new film, and Henry has explained his importance to the project.

He shared: "George Michael is literally [like] another character in the whole movie."

Meanwhile, Emma recently revealed that she got George's blessing to make Last Christmas.

The Oscar-winning actress - who penned the festive romantic comedy movie around the singer's music - revealed that before his passing, George was all for the movie and its social message.

She said: "[George] was just the loveliest guy you could imagine. [He loved] all of these themes in the movie; he was passionate about homelessness, and he had this great social conscience.

"I got really enthused and we started to write, and then - of course - he had that tragic early death in 2016, on Christmas Day.

"So we lost him, and I miss him so much. I wish he was here because I know he'd love it, because the film's like being hugged, and all of his music - we've got 15 of his songs, including a new one at the end - is so cool."

The movie is set to feature 15 tracks from George Michael and Wham!, including an exclusive brand new song by George, titled This Is How (We Want You To Get High).

Last Christmas hits New Zealand cinemas today, November 7 and so does the movie's official soundtrack.

Last Christmas soundtrack tracklist:

1. Last Christmas
2. Too Funky
3. Fantasy
4. Praying for Time
5. Faith
6. Waiting for that Day
7. Heal the Pain
8. One More Try
9. Fastlove
10. Everything She Wants
11. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
12. Move On
13. Freedom 90
14. Praying for Time (MTV Unplugged version)
15. This Is How (We Want You To Get High)

- Bang! Showbiz