After almost 14 years of watching and rewatching Love Actually around the holidays, we’ll see some of Richard Curtis‘ beloved characters reunite in a short film, Red Nose Day Actually. The ten-minute short was produced to raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. Curtis, who retired from filmmaking after About Time, returned to directing to make it.
Most of the original main cast is back. Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson returned to their now-famous roles. Some of their characters look to have changed, while others – mainly, Billy Mack (Nighy) – look to be up to the same old thing. Patrick Dempsey, who was recently quite delightful in Bridget Jones’s Baby, plays a new character.
Here’s the trailer:
Curtis is one of Comic Relief’s original founders, which runs the fundraising campaign. Since it started in 1988, they’ve raised over a billion dollars to help children in need around the world. Red Nose Day began in the U.S. back in 2015, and since then, $60 million has been donated. This year, Red Nose Day takes place on May 25th, when we can all watch Red Nose Day Actually on NBC.
While Curtis never imagined he’d make a Love Actually sequel, he was happy to see what the characters are up to now and, more importantly, do what he could to help raise more money on Red Nose Day: