Why 'Love Actually' Sequel Won't Feature Emma Thompson or a Tribute to Alan Rickman
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The "Love Actually" sequel short film won't feature Emma Thompson or a tribute to late actor Alan Rickman, who played Thompson's husband in the beloved 2003 romantic comedy.

Writer and director Richard Curtis told the Press Association that Thompson turned down a part in the Red Nose Day special because "she just can't do it."

When asked about about a potential tribute to Rickman, Curtis said, "You know dealing with Alan is very complicated so not really. We're not doing everyone. We're doing about two thirds of people."

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The short film will feature many of the original key cast members including Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Andrew Lincoln, Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Lucia Moniz, Olivia Olson, Rowan Atkinson and Marcus Brigstocke.

The 10-minute short film will be broadcast on BBC One on March 24 as part of the Red Nose Day telecast in support of Comic Relief.

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