Who doesn’t remember—nay, still watch during Christmas—Love Actually? It is one of those Christmas films put on loop, together with Home Alone (1 not 2) and Elf during Christmas season.
After 13 years, almost all of the original cast members are returning for a 10-minute sequel entitled Red Nose Day Actually. Operative word: almost.
Emma Thompson told The Independent that writer and director Richard Curtis told her of his predicament: He couldn’t continue the narrative for Emma’s character, because well, Alan Rickman died (RIP).
“I said, of course, of course you can’t. It would be too sad and too soon,” said the actress who played Karen, the wife who caught her husband (Rickman) cheating during Christmas. “It’s supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend.” Sad.
Anyway, the teaser trailer for the sequel shows the all-star cast re-enacting the famous scene from the movie where Mark (Andrew Lincoln) professed his love for Juliet (Keira Knightley) by silently sharing messages on pieces of cartolina. Remember this bittersweet scene?
The trailer explains that on Red Nose Day—a UK wide fundraising event organized by Comic Relief—unexpected things happen. The trailer even cheekily asks which of the actors has aged best, a point that becomes moot when Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Sam) and Olivia Olson (Joanna) get on the camera. They’ve simply grown up! Look at that:
An interesting observation: Colin Firth (Jamie) and Marcus Brigstocke (Mikey) weren’t part of the trailer, but not to worry, they will still appear in the movie.
— emma freud (@emmafreud) March 17, 2017
Of course, we are all looking forward to see Hugh Grant’s dancing moves again.
Red Nose Day Actually will be shown on BBC One on March 24 (UK Time) and during Red Nose Day USA, which will be on NBC on May 25.
Watch the trailer here: