Love is all around as the cast of the 2003 holiday romance, “Love Actually”, is set to reunite next month for charity.
Confirmed to participate in the Red Nose Day special are Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Martine McCutcheon, Lucia Moniz, Rowan Atkinson, Marcus Brigstocke and Olivia Olson. They have signed on for the 10-minute short film, “Red Nose Day Actually”, to be directed by “Love Actually”‘s Richard Curtis, to revisit the characters to “discover what they’re up to in 2017.” Alan Rickman, who played Emma Thompson’s husband in the original film, died last year.
The all-star ensemble cast will come together in support of the charity Red Nose Day, with campaigns in the U.K. and United States, which supports projects that raise money and awareness about child poverty around the world. Established in 1985, director Richard Curtis is a co-founder of the charity which has raised over $1.6 billion for charitable organizations since its inception.
On Wednesday, British broadcaster Emma Freud made the announcement online, posting, “The cast are standing by” and adding, “Filming starts tomorrow.”
The cast of “Love Actually” are just the latest celebrities to participate in the comic relief charity event. Previous celebs to help out the cause include Daniel Craig, Emma Watson, Idris Elba, Orlando Bloom, Ricky Gervais and One Direction.
The comic relief special will premiere in the U.K. on BBC1 on March 24 and will re-air in North America on NBC on May 25.