Dare we ask: are you excited for the return of Love Actually? We think we already know the answer to that, but if for some reason it hasn’t quite clicked, the folks at Red Nose Day, who are behind the follow-up for the beloved film, have put together a teaser trailer.
You’ll recognize the original theme song straight away, a piano medley composed by Craig Armstrong. And just like that, we’re brought right back into the intertwining tales of love and relationships, told through multiple storylines. It’s like this all happened just yesterday, but alas, 10 years plus have passed, actually.
The returning cast members — including (in order of appearance in the trailer) Andrew Lincoln, Martine McCutcheon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rowan Atkinson, Sienna Guillory, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, and Bill Nighy — holding the iconic cue cards, invite us to find out what’s happened to everyone.
Knightley’s card addresses the passing of time, cheekily asking, “And, amongst other things, which one of us has aged best.”
Ooh, those are loaded words. Neeson votes for himself. Grant doesn’t go that far, but he makes sure to point out it’s definitely not Colin Firth. Firth doesn’t appear in the trailer, but he is expected to return for the short film.
The jabs are all in jest, because while a heartfelt romantic film, Love Actually is definitely filled with humor. And so is Red Nose Day in itself. The initiative is a fundraising event for children in need, drawing people in with comic relief.
Thank you for being patient, and now for the main event, here’s a look at the trailer, with the cue cards spelling out what to look forward to:
Of course, we miss Alan Rickman greatly, and his absence is felt. Emma Thompson, who played opposite Rickman as his wife in the original, talked about not taking part in the follow-up out of respect for her dear friend.
Red Nose Day will be happening on Friday, March 24 in the U.K. and Thursday, May 25 in the U.S.
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