Love Actually Sequel: The Line-Up

LESS than a week after it was confirmed that a 10-minute Love Actually sequel, in aid of Comic Relief, is in the works, director Richard Curtis has revealed more details about the line-up.

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Emma Thompson will not appear in the highly anticipated follow-up, which takes place 14 years after the film's release, with Curtis telling the Press Association "She just can't do it". The stars who have been confirmed to make a return so far include Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Andrew Lincoln, Olivia Olson, Martine McCutcheon and Rowan Atkinson.

Neeson was photographed filming on London's Southbank last week with his onscreen stepson (Brodie-Sangster) in a scene reminiscent of the original film.

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There had been speculation that the sequel would pay tribute to Alan Rickman - who played Thompson's husband in one of the sadder and most compelling plot lines in the romantic comedy - following the actor's death in January last year, but Curtis explained that it would be "very complicated, so not really".

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"We’re not doing everyone," he continued. "We’re only doing about two thirds of people."

When asked previously about the project the director 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. We hope to make something that’ll be fun – very much in the spirit of the original film and of Red Nose Day. It’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together.”

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