Fans of the romantic comedy Love Actually were thrilled to hear that the cast of the film would be reuniting for a 'sequel' this year as part of the bi-annual Red Nose Day charity event. The 'sequel' will be a series of scenes catching us up with all of the couples whose stories were first detailed back in 2003. There has been plenty of speculation by fans about what happened after the end credits rolled, and this promises to be a huge draw for the charity special, with fans already excited by some of the sneak peeks from filming.
The production recently released a new teaser video for the special, featuring many of the original cast members re-creating one of the most contentious scenes from the original film.
The video is only a minute long, but includes appearances from multiple cast members, including Andrew Lincoln, Martine McCutcheon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rowan Atkinson, Lucia Moniz, Keira Knightly, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, and Bill Nighy. The stars are holding up white cards with handwritten words on them that come together to form the full message of the teaser:
"On Red Nose Day, we'll meet again in 'Red Nose Day Actually' (because on Red Nose Day, unexpected things happen). Tune in to see what happened to everyone and, amongst other things, which one of us has aged best. One thing's for sure, it's not Colin Firth. I think it's obviously Liam, isn't it? Whatever, I've grown up. So have I. I haven't, really... Actually."
The video is an homage to the scene in the original where Andrew Lincoln's character, Mark, confesses his love to Juliet (Keira Knightly) at her front door using similar white cards. It even has part of the message in parenthesis. Of course, this one then devolves into a silent (and good-natured) argument over who has aged best in the past 14 years.
It is fantastic to see many of the original cast members get together to poke a little fun at the original movie's most famous, and most controversial, scene. (Many felt that Mark's actions were not romantic at all, but creepy and stalker-ish.) Set to the theme song from the original, it's a video that is sure to set off the nostalgia alarms for those who loved the original, and this is, of course, what the creators are going for. And although this could well cross the line into pure schmaltz, it's all for a good cause.
The Love Actually reunion will air as part of Red Nose Day television Thursday, May 25 at 10/9c on NBC.