Christmas is of course long over, but as it turns out, love, actually, is all around. How could it not be with a Love Actually short film “sequel” finally here a mere 13 years later?! Indeed, the Love Actually cast is reuniting for a tongue-in-cheek, comedy short related to Red Nose Day, and they’ve released the full thing now online.
As announced via the non-profit Red Nose Day, a transatlantic comic relief charity event, the reunion short will be titled “Red Nose Day Actually.” Richard Curtis, who co-wrote and directed the Love Actually film, as well as his co-writer Emma Freud, will be penning the short. And the event enjoys a slew of reprisals, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, Lucia Moniz, Martine McCutcheon, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Marcus Brigstock, and Rowan Atkinson. And now you can watch how it plays out below:
Here is also the more tongue-in-cheek teaser, in case you missed it.
In a previous statement, Richard Curtis said, “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 is a televised fundraiser that has famously included comedic videos in the past—we’re quite partial to Coldplay and the Game of Thrones cast’s failed attempt at turning the series into a musical—and it airs on BBC1 on March 24 and on NBC on May 25.
The best news then is that we won’t have to wait until Christmas.