Writer/director Richard Curtis and much of the original cast of his beloved Christmas-themed 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually will be getting back together to make a short film called Red Nose Day Actually that will air during Comic Relief's annual Red Nose Day Special, and the UK's Red Nose Day, this year.
From an original script by Curtis, the short revisits the film's characters and lets us know what they're up to in 2017. Revisiting their roles from the movie are Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke and Rowan Atkinson.
"Over the years I’ve enjoyed doing Red Nose Day specials of TV things I’ve worked on," said Curtis. “Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley and Mr Bean. It seemed like a fun idea this year to do a special sketch based one of my films, since Red Nose Day is now in both the UK and America. 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. Who has aged best? I guess that’s the big question…or is it so obviously Liam? 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 bring lots of viewers and cash to the Red Nose Day shows.”
Red Nose Day annually raises money and awareness to help children living in poverty worldwide. The event has raised more than $60 million in its first two years since launching in the United States in 2015.
Anna Kendrick, Jack Black, Paul Rudd and Tracy Morgan are among the stars appearing on the special.
Red Nose Day Actually will air as part of Red Nose Day March 24 on BBC1 in the UK, and as part of the Red Nose Day Special May 25 on NBC in the United States.