‘Love Actually’ sequel won’t include Alan Rickman tribute

Writer/director Richard Curtis is hard at work on a short sequel to his 2003 romantic comedy “Love Actually.” However, don’t look for this follow-up — that will included updates on many of the eight couples featured in the first including Keira Knightley, Andrew LincolnHugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth and Lucia Moniz — in cinemas. Rather, it will air as part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day specials in both the UK (March 24) and the US (May 25).

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Curtis recently revealed that the 10-minute film won’t address the passing of actor Alan Rickman, whose storyline was at the center of the original. “Dealing with Alan is very complicated,” he told the Press Association. Perhaps his decision was triggered by the fact that Emma Thompson, who played the wife of Rickman’s character, was unavailable.

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Curtis’s partner Emma Freud, who is producing this special, is posting updates on filming via Twitter. First to arrive on the set was 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.

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