7 Things You Really Need To Know About Love Actually 2

2017 is the year of the sequel, but this guilty pleasure looks more exciting than most.

Hugh Grant in Love Actually.
Hugh Grant The bad boy of 10 Downing Street is back Image Universal

It’s official: a follow-up to everyone’s festive guilty pleasure, Love Actually, is happening and could be arriving sooner than you think.

Richard Curtis, the writer and director of the original movie, confirmed plans for a follow-up this week, with the long-awaited follow-up set to include a large bulk of the original cast.

So what should fans expect from Love Actually 2? Here are a few things you’ll need to know for starters.


So what will Love Actually 2 be called?

The film, which is being made to raise money as part of annual charity comedy telethon Comic Relief, will be called Red Nose Day Actually. Nice.


Is it a full-length follow-up to the original Love Actually?

Alas, no, Curtis has already confirmed that Red Nose Day Actually won’t be a full follow-up but rather a glimpse at what several of the characters are now up to.

“I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do ten minutes to see what everyone is now up to.”


Who will be returning?

The majority of the original movie’s cast has already signed up to reprise their roles including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke and, best of all, Rowan Atkinson


Who won’t be returning?


It would appear that, following the death of Alan Rickman, his on-screen wife from the original, Emma Thompson, will not return for this follow-up though that could have more to do with how their particular plot strand concluded.


What can fans expect?


Curtis is no stranger to resurrecting some of his best-loved comedy creations for Red Nose Day. Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley and Mr Bean have all featured in short Comic Relief skits which have, by and large, proved short and sweet.


When does filming start?


Sooner than you think – in fact, the cast has come together this week, February 16, to begin work on the short film.


When will it air?

Again, pretty soon, with Red Nose Day falling on March 24 this year, meaning fans have just over a month to wait before this follow-up (of sorts) arrives.

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