The Love Actually Sequel Won’t Feature Alan Rickman Or Emma Thompson

Posted 2017/02/21 3683 0

The Love Actually sequel will be missing something huge as Rickman and Emma Thompson featured in one of the original film's most emotional storylines.


The cast of Love Actually will reunite in a mini-sequel released this Christmas. However, director Richard Curtis has ruled out any kind of reprisal of the emotional storyline involving Rickman and Emma Thompson.

“You know, dealing with Alan is very complicated, so not really,” Curtis told the Press Association when asked whether the short will find time to celebrate Rickman. “We’re not doing everyone. We’re doing about two thirds of people.” And yes, Thompson is a member of that missing third: Curtis said that the Oscar winner “just can’t do” the short, presumably due to her packed schedule. Thompson already has three films slated for 2017, including Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, Noah Baumbach’s dramedy The Meyerowitz Stories, and Richard Eyre’s adaptation of The Children Act.

Alan and Emma’s storyline was one of the most poignant in the original movie; her Karen was heartbroken after discovering Alan’s Harry bought his much younger secretary an expensive necklace for Christmas, while giving her a simple CD.

A devastated Karen accused Harry of making a fool of her and a mockery of their marriage, but the film ended with her appearing to have decided to stay with him for the sake of their two young children.

The iconic Brit actor died aged 69 last year following a battle with cancer.

Shortly after his death was announced Emma tweeted: “I have just kissed him goodbye.”

Nice though it would have been to see a reference to Rickman, it’s completely understandable that Curtis has chosen not to include one;  trying  to sum up Rickman’s talent through a novelty sketch might have felt crass, plus it might have been confusing getting sombre about his passing when the emphasis of Red Nose Day is on drawing attention to other sobering topics.

The short film, 'Love Actually: The Squeakquel' will be a 10-minute 'where are they now' style film revisiting the love stories which captured the hearts of many in the original holiday tear-jerker. The film is being produced in collaboration with Red Nose Day, with proceeds going to the charity and your viewing going to a good cause. The two-thirds of the cast left still include some seriously big names including Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Bill Nighy.

“It’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and recreating their characters 14 years later,” Curtis said in a statement last week.

It’s set to air March 24 on BBC One and May 25 on NBC.