It’s all getting closer! And from the look of this Red Nose Day Actually new trailer, it’s obvious that the movie’s co-stars were looking forward to a reunion just as much as we are right now.
The characters we loved so much in Richard Curtis’ 2003 romantic comedy, Love Actually, will be back for a highly anticipated NBC Red Nose Day special on Thursday May 25 at 10/9c (just a little bit more than 10 days away, people!).
For this exceptional occasion, British director Richard Curtis (who is also the co-founder of Comic Relief, the charity behind Red Nose Day) has returned behind the camera and wrote the script of the 15-minute long TV short that will once again cross path with Rufus (Rowan Atkinson), Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Daniel (Liam Neeson), Joanna (Olivia Olson), Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Juliet (Keira Knightley), Jamie (Colin Firth), Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz), Mr. Prime Minister (Hugh Grant), Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), Mark (Andrew Lincoln), and extravagant Billy Mack (Bill Nighy), 13 years after the events of the first film.
“At this particular time when things feel strained and complicated, it felt like an opportunity to think again whether love still is actually all around us,” explained Curtis during a recent interview to share the reason behind the decision to make a revival.
Sadly, the absence of Alan Rickman, who passed away last year, has made the shooting of the short sequel very strange for the cast and crew. Emma Thompson, who played Karen, Rickman’s character’s wife in the first movie, said she won’t return for the occasion as it was all happening “too soon” after the actor’s death. She added: “It’s absolutely right because it’s supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend, really, just over a year ago.”
Comic Relief has this week released an official poster for the sequel bringing a strong feeling of nostalgia by playfully recreating its original version: