“Love Actually” may not have reaped any Oscar nominations when it came out in 2003 but this romantic comedy has become a film classic. With its Christmas theme, it is the perfect movie to watch over the holidays. The interlocking stories of eight couples was written and directed by Richard Curtis and featured a who’s who of British talent.
Now come word that Curtis has reassembled most of these stars for a 10-minute update that will air as part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day specials in both the UK (March 24) and the US (May 25). Among those due back are Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson.
Sadly, Alan Rickman, who was at the center of one of the stories, passed away last year, which would explain the absence of his on-screen wife and off-screen pal Emma Thompson from the roster. Also MIA is Chiwetel Ejiofor whose storyline revolved around his best man (played by Lincoln) harboring a crush for his bride (Knightley).
As Curtis explained to the Guardian, “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. Who has aged best? I guess that’s the big question — or is it so obviously Liam?”
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