Nearly 14 years after the holiday romance “Love Actually” hit theatres, the cast is reuniting for a charity sequel as part of the Comic Relief special, Red Nose Day.
Original cast members including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson, and Andrew Lincoln have reunited with the film’s original director Richard Curtis.
The plot is being kept under wraps, but new behind-the-scenes footage reveals there will be more of Grant’s dancing prime minister as he contemplates his future with lady love Natalie, again played by Martine McCutcheon.
One of the film’s most iconic scenes will also be revisited.
“The Walking Dead” star Andrew Lincoln will once again pick up the cue cards as Mark, but judging by photos from the set, his love for Juliet (Knightley) is still unrequited, as she still appears very much in love with husband, Peter (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who also returns for the sequel).
“We’ve all aged, except me,” Liam Neeson tells BBC Breakfast, who was on the set of the short film. “I’m the only one that looks exactly as they did years ago,” he says, laughing. “It’s terrific seeing these kids,” he says of reuniting with his on-screen son, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, in the original.
Notably absent from the 10-minute sequel is Emma Thompson. The actress, who played wife to Alan Rickman in the 2003 film, agreed with writer-director Curtis that the inclusion of her character would be too soon following the passing of Rickman in 2016.
“Richard Curtis, the writer, wrote to me and said, ‘Darling, we can’t write anything for you because of Alan,’ and I said, ‘No, of course, it would be sad, too sad,'” she said last month.
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.