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Love Actually is returning for a Comic Relief sequel

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It looks like 2017 is going to make us forget all the hardships of 2016 with this massive film announcement: Richard Curtis’ 2003 cult classic Love Actually will have a long overdue sequel for Comic Relief. Actually.

 

While the sequel won’t be a full length film and will be premiered on TV rather than the cinema, the thought of Hugh Grant reprising his role as lovable prime minister David sends our hearts into overdrive.

Other stars revisiting their characters include Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson. No, we’re not kidding.

Filming has begun with Liam Neeson and his on-screen son Thomas Brodie-Sangster who played love-struck Sam. The two were seen filming at the same riverside location where they sat to discuss the ‘total agony’ of falling in love.

This time around, the father-son duo are joined by Joanna, the young girl who caused Sam to break every rule in airport security just to say goodbye. Does this mean that Sam’s actions worked and the couple are now touring the world performing that beautiful rendition of ‘All I want for Christmas is you’?

Curtis, who co-created Comic Relief alongside comedian Lenny Henry, said in a statement "I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to go 10 minutes to see what everyone is now up to."

We couldn’t agree more. What did happen after all of those happily ever afters? Has Keira Knightley’s character Juliet realised that Mark is the man for her after one of the most romantic moments in movie history? Did Laura Linney’s Sarah ever get with hot Karl from the office? Has Colin Firth mastered the Portuguese language? And most importantly are Natalie and David living happily in 10 Downing Street with David being the leader that this year so desperately needs?

Grant’s portrayal of a strong willed prime minister in the face of a womanising, sleazy US President definitely resonates with its audience now more than ever.

Curtis also added "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 recreating their characters 14 years later.

"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 being lots of viewers and cash to the Red Nose Day shows."

With the original film making £194 million worldwide, we can’t see that being a problem. You better believe we’ll be tuning in.

Red Nose Day Actually will be shown on BBC 1 on Red Nose Day on the 24 March and is said to run for around 10 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

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