‘Love Actually’ director Richard Curtis is reuniting with many of his 2003 romantic comedy hit’s cast to produce and direct a short film for Comic Relief.
The short, titled ‘Red Nose Day Actually’, will reunite original cast members Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson and Bill Nighy, and will look to explain what each of the characters are doing in 2017, some 14 years later.
Notable absentees from the original cast include Emma Thompson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Freeman and the since deceased Alan Rickman, though there are role reprisals for Martine McCutcheon, Andrew Lincoln, Lucia Moniz, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson.
Speaking with regard to the project, Curtis said:
“Over the years I’ve enjoyed doing Red Nose Day specials of TV things I’ve worked on. It seemed like a fun idea this year to do a special sketch based on one of my films, since Red Nose Day is now in both the U.K. 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. 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.”
Richard Curtis was a founding member of Comic Relief back in 1985 and his Red Nose Day special will air on the 24th of March 2017.