After a year as bleak as 2016, the world needed some kind of miracle to put it back on track. Now, with the news that Love Actually will be receiving a 10 minute sequel, it looks as though our prayers have been answered. With the original cast reuniting for a short skit that will feature as part of the UK's annual charity TV event known as Comic Relief, Red Nose Day Actually will air on March 24 in the UK and on CBS a few months later.
However, there will be one notable absence from the mini sequel. With the tragic death of Alan Rickman in January last year, fans of the movie are left wondering whether we will ever find out what happened to Harry (who was played by Rickman) and Karen (Emma Thompson) in the aftermath of Harry's affair.
Here's Who Is Signed On To Appear In The Love Actually Mini Sequel
While, for obvious reasons, Alan's character Harry will not be featuring in Red Nose Day Actually, a strong selection of the original cast have signed on to appear. These include:
- Hugh Grant (The Prime Minister)
- Martine McCutcheon (Natalie)
- Keira Knightley (Juliet)
- Liam Neeson (Daniel)
- Colin Firth (Jamie)
- Andrew Lincoln (Mark)
- Bill Nighy (Billy Mack)
- Olivia Olson (Joanna Anderson)
- Lucia Moniz (Aurelia)
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Sam)
- Marcus Brigstocke (Mikey)
- Rowan Atkinson (Rufus)
However, Emma Thompson is notably missing from the list of returning characters leading to speculation over whether Karen and Harry's story will even feature in the ten minute sequel.
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"Ems Isn't In It. She Just Can't Do It."
Speaking to The Press Association, Richard Curtis the writer-director of Love Actually stated that Alan's death had proved tricky when deciding on how to structure the mini sequel:
“You know dealing with Alan is very complicated."
He said, before confirming that not all of the cast will be returning:
“We’re not [involving] everyone. We’re doing about two thirds of people.”
This statement was made with the acknowledgement of Emma Thompson's notable absence from the lineup:
“Ems [Thompson] isn’t in it. She just can’t do it.”
Silence Is The Most Fitting Tribute For Alan's Great Loss
But perhaps silence is the most touching tribute we could give to Alan. To rush an explanation for his absence in an already short sketch wouldn't do justice to his colossal talent and the huge loss felt in the acting community, and especially by lifelong friend Emma Thompson, in the wake of his untimely death.