The Love Actually Cast Are Reuniting For A Sequel

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The Love Actually Cast Are Reuniting For A Sequel

If you've ever wondered what happened to the characters of Richard Curtis's festive classic Love Actually after that emotional airport montage finished and the credits rolled, you're in luck: over a decade later, the writer is revisiting the film for a short sequel in aid of Comic Relief.

The 10 minute TV special, titled Red Nose Day Actually, will air on BBC One on 24th March in time for Red Nose Day, and will see Hugh Grant reprising his much-memed role as the Prime Minister. Martine McCutcheon will return as his colleague - turned - love interest Natalie, with Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Rowan Atkinson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster also back on board to prove once again that love actually is all around.

'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,' Curtis said of the project. '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,' he continued.

Absent from the reunion are Emma Thompson (whose storyline opposite Alan Rickman is one of the film's most moving), Chiwitel Ejiofor and Martin Freeman.

The filmmaker revealed that the short sequel will not pay tribute to Rickman, who sadly passed away last year.

Asked by the Press Association whether he had planned a tribute for the late actor, Curtis explained, 'You know dealing with Alan is very complicated, so not really.'

'Ems [Thompson] isn't in it. She just can't do it,' he added, though whether this is a matter of scheduling conflicts or because the actress doesn't want to return to the story without Rickman remains unclear.

Screenwriter Emma Freud, who is Curtis's partner, has already started sharing behind-the-scenes photos on Twitter, including a shot of Thomas Brodie-Sangster and his on-screen stepfather Liam Neeson, who is wearing - you guessed it - a roll neck jumper.

There's also a snap of the pair filming in an instantly recognisable location: the bench overlooking the Thames, where Sangster's Sam bemoaned 'the total agony of being in love' 14 years ago.

It appears that Sam's vocally gifted love interest Joanna is back on the scene, too, almost unrecognisable from her screen debut.

In the meantime, we have plenty of questions. Did Andrew Lincoln's Mark win over Keira Knightley's character in the end? Given the inherent creepiness of his methods, we hope not. Was Hugh Grant's PM embroiled in an expenses scandal, and what does he think of Trump? Have Colin Firth's rudimentary Portuguese skills improved through the years? All will - presumably - be revealed...

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