It might feel like trying times out there, but we can rest assured that pretty soon, love will be all around once again. Or at least sentimental schmaltz will be, and that’s almost the same thing, right?
In a sign that Star Wars and Independence Day aren’t the only movies that can get sequels more than a decade after their original release, it turns out that Richard Curtis romcom Love, Actually—the movie that tried to argue that stalking was cute as long as it was Keira Knightly you were after and suggested that American women will sleep with any British man on the strength of his accent alone—will get a follow-up. Red Nose Day Actually is a TV-only sequel sketch created by Curtis and starring many of the original cast for the international comedy-centric charity.
“I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do 10 minutes to see what everyone is now up to,” Curtis explained about the new project, which will debut on the BBC next month before coming to America in May. “Who has aged best? I guess that’s the big question … or is it so obviously Liam?”
“Liam,” in this case, is Liam Neeson, who’ll appear in the new sketch alongside The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson. The two kids from the original movie, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson, will also appear, meaning that everyone who wanted that Love, Actually/Adventure Time crossover will finally be satisfied. (Olson’s real claim to fame these days is voicing Marceline the Vampire Queen in the Cartoon Network show.)
For those fascinated to see just what happened to Hugh Grant’s dithering Prime Minister, Red Nose Day Actually will air on NBC May 25.