The stars of Red Nose Day Actually get together for some final promo images for the Love Actually sequel. Ever since Love Actually was released in 2003, fans have been wondering how the character’s lives turned out in the end – and now they are finally going to find out. The hit romantic comedy brought together all kinds of people in different kinds of loving relationships: friendships, families, and of course, romance. Now, the cast are reuniting for a short ‘sequel’ for the charity event Red Nose Day.
Titled Red Nose Day Actually, the sequel will bring back stars Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Rowan Atkinson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, Lucia Moniz and Liam Neeson. The Red Nose Day Actually trailer promises a self-referential, laugh-filled short sure to please fans of the original, and ahead of airing tonight, the production has released a final photo of the cast.
Posted by EW, the images come with a little bit about the 15 minute film, including a quote from a speech that the Prime Minister gives, echoing his inspirational speech in the original. One photo is a cast group shot, with everyone standing (or sitting) in their relationship groupings. The second is a behind-the-scenes shot of Knightley standing in a doorway in her ‘Love’ pjs.
The quote from the PM’s speech reads:
Usain Bolt has run his last Olympics, the Harry Potter films are finished, Piers Morgan is still alive. Metallica’s album is an absolute cracker. And on a deeper level, I’m optimistic. Wherever you see tragedy, you see bravery, too. Wherever you see ordinary people in need, you see extraordinary people come to their aid.
Both the images and the quote (and the previous promotional materials) seem to confirm that Red Nose Day Actually is going to be just as sweet and heartfelt as the original – which also means that critics of the original may find it just as cloying! The images themselves don’t, however, tell fans anything new. The group shot is a very straightforward promo shot, and isn’t taken from any particular scene in the sequel, while the shot of Knightley is for a scene that has already been teased. The photos act as a great reminder to tune in and enjoy not just Red Nose Day Actually but the rest of the Red Nose Day charity drive, which is always full of entertaining segments and positive moments.
Red Nose Day Actually airs May 25 on NBC.