A Love Actually sequel will reunite the A-list cast of the 2003 romantic Christmas movie. The project brings the cast together for a good cause.
British charity Comic Relief is getting the original cast members to do the brief sequel, titled Red Nose Day Actually. The 10-minute follow up is being made in support of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day fundraiser.
Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, and Liam Neeson will all come back to reprise their respective roles, Love Actually writer-director Richard Curtis told Deadline. Other stars including Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Martine McCutcheon, Lucia Moniz, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson will also appear in the sequel.
“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?” Curtis joked.
Alan Rickman’s character Harry will not be coming back. The actor died last year. No word has been released if Emma Thompson, who played Rickman’s wife, and Laura Linney will also return for the Love Actually sequel.
“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. We hope to make something that’ll be fun — very much in the spirit of the original film and of Red Nose Day — and which we hope will help bring lots of viewers and cash to the Red Nose Day shows,” the award-winning director said.
Curtis founded the Comic Relief and created the idea of Red Nose Day. It was built upon the foundation that mass media and celebrities can help raise money and awareness of poverty to change millions of lives.
The Love Actually Movie
The film explores the different aspects of love in 10 separate stories of several diverse individuals. The characters’ romantic stories are interlinked as the movie progressed.
The movie begins five weeks before Christmas. The stories played out in a weekly countdown until the holiday. It was followed by an epilogue that takes place one month later. Most part of the movie was filmed in London. It is still unclear if the sequel will be shot in the UK too.
The movie was released in November 2003. It was a box office success, grossing nearly $247 million worldwide on a budget of $45 million.
The Love Actually sequel Red Nose Day Actually airs on March 24 on BBC One. It will also broadcast as part of the Red Nose Day Special of NBC on May 25.
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