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Love Actually fans, there’s another sequel in the works


Ah, Love Actually – you’re spoiling us.

On Red Nose Day, we all settled down to find out what happened to our favourite Love Actually characters – and we were pretty stoked to see Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Chiwetel Ejiofar, Rowan Atkinson, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Lúcia Moniz, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson back together on our screens.

But there were, of course, a few famous faces missing from the line-up, one of which was the magnificent Laura Linney.

Laura Linney and Alan Rickman in Love Actually

Laura Linney and Alan Rickman in Love Actually

“But what happened to Sarah?” we all screamed at our televisions. “Did she ever manage to find a romantic partner who would be able to deal with the fact that she has a brother? DID SHE?!”

Finally, it seems as if we may get the answers we’re searching for. Because there is yet another Love Actually sequel in the works.

Read more: Find out which Love Actually character you are in our quiz

Oh yes, we’re deadly serious.

Richard Curtis is currently filming a special US version of the Red Nose Day special, which is set to air on NBC on 25 May.

And, according to Entertainment Weekly, Linney is well and truly on board: in fact, she’s set to film her new scenes in April.

“I’d done something for the last Red Nose Day,” Linney told EW. “So I’d kept in touch with Curtis.

“And then he sent me an email, explaining this short film reunion.

“I said yes, obviously. How could I say no? And right away we were figuring out our schedules.”

For those who haven’t seen the 2003 original (who are you people?), Linney’s character, Sarah, had one of the most heartbreaking storylines in the film.

An American living in London, Sarah throws herself into her work as a graphic designer and finds herself falling slowly and steadily in love with her colleague, Karl (Rodrigo Santoro). With a little help from her caring/nosy boss Harry (Alan Rickman), Sarah finally finds herself alone with Karl – and sparks immediately fly.

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However, when the pair head back to her studio apartment and start ripping each other’s clothes off, Sarah’s phone starts to ring – and she drops everything to answer it.

It’s her brother, Michael, and he’s calling from a care facility. And he keeps on calling, until Karl and Sarah are forced to abandon their tryst.

“Rodrigo [Santoro] and I were both heartbroken at the time we made the film,” said Linney. “We’d both recently been through terrible relationships and were bemoaning that moment in our lives.

“But we both got to make each other feel better all day long. I think you can see it in the scene after I do my Snoopy dance in the doorway: two injured people finding each other.”

There’s no word as to whether or not Santoro will be reprising his role as Karl and giving Linney’s character the long overdue happy ending we’ve all been hoping for.

And, besides, Emma Freud, who edited the original film’s script and produced Red Nose Day Actually, hasn’t exactly instilled Karl and Sarah ‘shippers with much hope.

“Tragic, I’m afraid,” she tweeted of the relationship’s fate.

Hmm. Roll on May 2017…

Images: Rex Features


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