The American version of the “Love Actually” sequel will have a bonus scene: Laura Linney is to film an update for her character, Sarah, who foregoes love with her office crush Karl (Rodrigo Santoro) to care for her special needs brother. This extended version will be the centerpiece of NBC’s Comic Relief Red Nose Day special on May 25. On last Friday’s British edition of Comic Relief, writer/director Richard Curtis debuted a 12-minute film that updated us on many of our favorite characters from the 2003 romantic comedy.
In the opening sequence, Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor are once again Juliet and Peter. As you’ll recall, in the original film the couple had just married when it was revealed that his best friend Mark (Andrew Lincoln) was secretly in love with her. After 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 about finding out what happened to the rest of the characters in the movie.
The rest of the reassembled cast are then seen in vignettes. Among these 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.
Colin Firth is once again the hapless Jamie. In the original, he won over his Portuguese housekeeper Aurelia (Lucia Moniz) and the rest of us with his winsome ways. Fast forward to today and the couple is still together. But as he is still struggling to learn her language, her big announcement is lost in translation.
In the film, 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 nation’s leader, but his wife by his side these days. And he ends this update, as he did the original, by voicing a message of hope.