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.
Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor filmed a sequence in which they once again play Juliet and Peter. As you’ll recall, in the original film the couple had just married and it was revealed that his best friend Mark (Andrew Lincoln) was secretly in love with her. When Juliet discovered this, Mark decided to confess his undying love to her via cue cards but then walk away. Well it looks like he has returned and he is carrying an even bigger supply of white boards on which he has written a message.
The rest of the reassembled cast joins in as the cards are revealed one by one in the trailer (watch above). Among those seen is Liam Neeson who played stepfather to a boy (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) trying to come to loss with the death of his mother. Back then, he counseled the teen to try win over a visiting American girl with music. Jump ahead to today, and that little girl with the big voice who belted out Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is now all grown up.
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.