Love Actually cast to reunite for Red Nose Day sequel
Story by Jack Foley
THE cast of Love Actually is reuniting for a short sequel to raise money for Comic Relief.
Red Nose Day Actually will be written by the film’s original writer-director Richard Curtis and will bring back most of its stars, including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson.
According to Curtis, the 10-minute sequel will aim to discover what the original characters are doing in 2017.
It will be shown on March 24, 2017, on BBC One as part of the Red Nose Day appeal.
Commenting on what to expect, Curtis – whose last film was About Time – said he was “delighted” that so many of the original cast had agreed to take part, adding: “It’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together.”
He continued: ““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.
“We hope to make something that’ll be fun – very much in the spirit of the original film and of Red Nose Day.”
Martine McCutcheon, Andrew Lincoln, Lucia Moniz, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson will also reprise their original roles – although the cast list does omit Emma Thompson, whose on-screen husband in the original film, Alan Rickman, passed away last year.
The original film, set at Christmas time, followed a selection of characters whose lives intertwined in various romantic ways. These included Hugh Grant’s character, David – the Prime Minister at the time – who was seen getting together with Natalie, played by McCutcheon, his maid.
Speculation has long raged over the fate of the characters in the film with script editor (and Curtis’s wife) Emma Freud giving some clues 13 months ago. She said that Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson remain married but aren’t as happy, while Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln never get together.
She has since asked for ideas for the Red Nose Day plot, saying the follow-up is still being written. Many have suggested a tribute to the late Alan Rickman.