Fourteen years after “Love Actually” won our hearts with its interlocking stories of eight couples looking for “the one,” many of the cast have reunited to make a 10-minute film that will air as part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day specials in both the UK (March 24) and the US (May 25). Writer/director Richard Curtis, who is heavily involved in this good cause, has crafted an update.
His partner Emma Freud, who is producing this special, is keeping us updated on the filming via Twitter. In the original, Hugh Grant played the newly elected prime minister. This singleton soon found himself more interested in affairs of the heart than those of state when he catches sight of a shapely assistant at 10 Downing Street, Martine McCutcheon. Fast forward to today, and it turns out his character is still the leader, but his wife by his side these days.
Liam Neeson who played stepfather to a boy (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) trying to come to loss with the death of his mother has already returned. Due back in the days to come are Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson.
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?”