On Wednesday, February 15th, it was revealed that the cast of Love Actually (2003) is reuniting to create a follow-up to the famous romantic comedy flick. However, it is not exactly the sequel in the traditional sense. Instead of creating a full-length feature film, key members of the cast are collaborating with the original writer and director Richard Curtis to create a short film.
In a statement he released, Curtis expressed some of his feelings regarding the project:
“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… We’ve been delighted and grateful that so many of the cast are around and able to take part — and it’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and re-creating their characters 14 years later.
The stars, and their respective characters, that have been confirmed to be tied to the project are Hugh Grant (The Prime Minister), Keira Knightley (Juliet), Colin Firth (Jamie), Liam Neeson (Daniel), Bill Nighy (Billy Mack), Andrew Lincoln (Mark), and Rowan Atkinson (Rufus).
Not only is the film an opportunity for fans all over the world to find closure with some of their favorite characters, but it is also being used as a way to raise funds for the event Red Nose Day – the charity Comic Relief’s annual telethon event. Curtis is enthusiastic about the project, as he said, “We hope to make something that’ll be fun — very much in the spirit of the original film and of Red Nose Day — and which we hope will help bring lots of viewers and cash to the Red Nose Day shows.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be available to U.S. viewers on May 25th.