When the Love Actually sequel was announced earlier this week, many fans were left wondering why Emma Thompson’s name wasn’t featured alongside other returning cast members like Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Colin Firthand Andrew Lincoln.
Now, creator Richard Curtis has opened up about Emma's absence – and revealed that the Oscar-winner might be making an appearance after all.
Emma starred in Love Actually as Karen, whose discovery that her husband Harry (played by the late Alan Rickman) has been unfaithful is arguably the film's most moving scene. Quizzed about Emma’s involvement during an appearance on Victoria Derbyshire, Richard cryptically replied: "Oddly, we're not quite sure. It's all been done in a rush, and I think not. But I'm now thinking again."
Richard also revealed that the stars of the film had all jumped at the chance to take part. "Amazingly, nobody said no," he confirmed. " Liam [Neeson] flew over yesterday from America and is going back to America tomorrow. There is a lot of affection for the film." The ten-minute sequel, which is titled Red Nose Day Actually, will air on Mar. 24 on the BBC as part of the UK's Red Nose Day special. It sets out to discover what the original characters are doing in 2017.
Richard's partner and script editor Emma Freud, who has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos from filming, has revealed just how much work had to be done to get the script up to scratch. "I've never been more useful as a script editor that I was on this, because the first draft he did was SO bad that I told him we absolutely shouldn't do this, and we should abort the plan," she admitted. "And he rewrote it and rewrote it and it's quite good now, but it's very much for Red Nose Day. We've tried to hook it into that at every point, and that felt a bit like a crowbar at the beginning, but it's working quite nicely now."