“Love Actually” is one of the most quintessential holiday movies in existence. I watch it every year, and without fail always tear up during the first scene set in the arrivals area at London Heathrow Airport.
Since the film was released in 2003, people the world over have been falling in love with Hugh Grant and crying for Emma Thompson over and over again. And now, a mini-sequel to the movie is coming and we are not worthy.
On Red Nose Day, a biennial event that supports the British charity Comic Relief (co-founded by “Love Actually” director Richard Curtis), the mini-sequel will premiere on TV. The sequel will be a short film that’s part of a charity telethon, and will air March 24 on BBC One and May 25 on NBC. (Red Nose Day falls on March 24 in the U.K. but on May 25 in the U.S.)
Almost the whole cast is coming back, too: Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Andrew Lincoln, Rowan Atkinson and more. The reprisal will be set in the year 2017, and we can’t wait to see what will happen.
Unfortunately, not everyone will be there. Laura Linney, who plays the beautiful and beleaguered caretaker Sarah, will not be in attendance. Neither will the inimitable Emma Thompson who got stuck with a less-than-romantic storyline throughout the whole of “Love Actually.” And of course, the late, great Alan Rickman won’t be there to bulk order on the guacamole either.
But regardless of these missing characters, we’re still very excited. The movie will be written and directed by Curtis, as with the original film. In a statement to Variety magazine, he said he’s very much looking forward to the film’s sequel, which has already begun filming. Red Nose Day shared a shot on Instagram of Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (who play father and son, Daniel and Sam) filming in London on Feb. 16.
“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,” Curtis said in an interview. “We’ve been delighted and grateful that so many of the cast are around and able to take part and it’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and recreating their characters 14 years later.”
It certainly will—and hopefully love will be all around us.