“Love Actually” fans are finally getting a look at the upcoming U.S. version of the sequel film with a new teaser for its Comic Relief airing during Red Nose Day.
Fan favourites are back to reprise their roles for charity, including Hugh Grant who steps back into the dancing shoes of the UK Prime Minister…with a little more back pain this time around.
The new trailer is the most-recent look at the sequel. In March, a teaser featuring the return of the stars and Andrew Lincoln’s famous cue cards.
Lincoln steps back into his role as Mark, this time bringing with him a whole new set of cue cards. “Hello, I just wanted to ask without hope or agenda (and because it’s nearly Red Nose Day) that you’ll join us for a very special reunion called Red Nose Day Actually,” the cards read.
Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Rowan Atkinson and Colin Firth are also returning for the special.
Emma Thompson, however, has opted out of the onscreen reunion, saying it was “too sad [and] too soon” after the death of Alan Rickman, who played her husband in the 2003 romantic comedy.
The film’s director, Emma Freud, released behind-the-scenes images of Grant looking as charming as ever while filming his scenes.
The 10-minute U.S. version of the film – also starring Laura Linney – airs during the Red Nose Day U.S. Special May 25 on NBC.
Red Nose Day USA has confirmed to ET Canada that Linney will appear in the American “Love Actually” sequel. And according to Entertainment Weekly, the actress will shoot her scenes in April.
“I’d done something for the last Red Nose Day,” Linney tells the magazine. “So I’d kept in touch with Richard Curtis. And then he sent me an email, explaining this short film reunion. I said yes, obviously. How could I say no? And right away we were figuring out our schedules.”
Linney didn’t spill the beans on her role however, saying “I have no idea what I’m doing yet. Not a clue.”
In addition to the “Love Actually” short film, the May 25 charity special will include appearances by Ben Affleck, Orlando Bloom, Paul Rudd, Patrick Dempsey, Jack Black, Mark Hamill and the cast of “This Is Us”, among others.