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The moment we didn’t know we were all waiting for is here … the cast of Love Actually is coming back into our lives.
In the form of a short film, the original director of the beloved rom-com, Richard Curtis, has created a Love Actually sequel — this time, for a good cause.
According to Deadline, the film will reunite many of the original actors including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Martine McCutcheon, Andrew Lincoln, Lucia Moniz, Olivia Olson, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson.
Sadly, Alan Rickman (who passed away last year) and Emma Thompson (who played his wife in the film) will not be in the mini-sequel.
The modern-day short is being created in support of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, a day where celebrities sport red noses to raise awareness for child poverty. In the last 25 years, Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion for children around the world.
Since Red Nose Day is celebrated on different dates, the film will be aired in the UK on March 24 on BBC One and in America on NBC (as part of their Red Nose Day Special) on May 25 — 14 years after the original release of Love Actually.
Having created numerous specials for Red Nose Day in the past, Curtis thought this endeavor would be “a fun idea” this year.
“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,” said Curtis.
Now the question is … what do you think the characters are up to in 2017? I just hope Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz) are happy. Oh, and for Mark (Andrew Lincoln) to finally find a girl of his own. Basically, just lots of love.
Not gonna lie, sequels kind of sort of scare me, but if nothing else, this gives us a chance to reminisce about the amazingness that is the original. I’m also taking comfort in the fact that Curtis suggested the new short will be made “very much in the spirit of the original film.”
So let’s be real, we’re all going to watch it.
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