Love Actually Cast Reunite for a Short Sequel

Posted 2017/02/15 3002 0

Nearly fourteen years after the release of Love Actually, the smash hit movie is getting a sequel.

 

The majority of the Love Actually cast will reunite in a short, quasi-sequel set to premiere for Red Nose Day in March. The reunion was organized by Love Actually director Richard Curtis, one of the co-creators of Comic Relief and the annual Red Nose Day, which aims to raise funds and awareness to end child poverty.

"Over the years I’ve enjoyed doing Red Nose Day specials of TV things I’ve worked on, “Blackadder”, “The Vicar of Dibley” and “Mr Bean”. It seemed like a fun idea this year to do a special sketch based one of my films, since Red Nose Day is now in both the UK and America," says Richard Curtis, who directed the 2003 romantic Christmas comedy. Curtis also announced that he’ll be reuniting the film’s cast for a short sequel, to commemorate this year’s Red Nose Day charity telethon event. Of the sequel, the director noted that “I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do 10 minutes to see what everyone is now up to. Who has aged best? I guess that’s the big question … or is it so obviously Liam? We’ve been delighted and grateful that so many of the cast are around and able to take part, and it’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and recreating their characters 14 years later.”

Of the confirmed cast members, the only original star of the film who apparently won’t be involved is Emma Thompson, which makes unfortunate sense after the passing of her key costar Alan Rickman last year. Every other familiar face from the original feature (Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Andrew Lincoln, and Bill Nighy) will be involved, however.

The original Love Actually, from Working Title, Studiocanal and Universal, was a holiday hit in 2003, grossing $247M worldwide and scoring a BAFTA for Nighy. In the movie, nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

Love Actually scriptwriter and Curtis' partner Emma Freud has called ideas for ideas for the plot, adding the script is still being written. The short sequel film, which begins shooting this week, will be shown as part of Red Nose Day on March 24 in the U.K. and will later air in the U.S. on May 25 on NBC.

Besides all the obvious stuff, the joy of Love Actually, the fun of the cast's chemistry, it's pretty wonderful that we're getting a second installment after all these years. Primarily because this film left so many questions unanswered, and I can't languish in ignorance any more. Will Andrew Lincoln's character still be lusting after Kiera Knightley? Has Colin Firth's Portuguese improved? Are the PM and his tea lady still desperately in love? We're about to find out.

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