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What I’m Looking Forward to in the ‘Love Actually’ Sequel

There’s no clear answer to what my favorite season is and if you ask me what my favorite book is, you’ll get a list. But when it comes to my favorite movie, there is only one that stands out above all the rest. The 2003 dramatic romantic-comedy Love Actually holds that title. Earlier this year, news broke that there will be a short film length sequel to the film as part of Red Nose Day, a telethon fundraiser for the charity Comic Relief in the U.K.

The film, known for its many intertwining plots, will revisit some of its most beloved characters and see what they’re up to today. In being a huge fan of the original, here is what I am looking forward to seeing in the Love Actually sequel.

Note: Only some of these storylines have been confirmed to be featured in the special. 

Sam and Joanna

Now all grown up, the two kids responsible for appearing in the greatest airport chase scene in film history were photographed filming a scene together. Whether this means that Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Joanna (Olivia Olson’s) are bumping into each other after all these years or they have been together this entire time, we have yet to know. But let’s hope these two have lived a life that would make everyone equally as envious as they were over their childhood romance.

Karen and Harry

Due to the unexpected 2016 death of actor Alan Rickman (Harry), Emma Thompson (Karen) and writer/director Richard Curtis made the decision to NOT include a follow-up story to their characters. While this makes sense, given how prominent of a storyline they had and their connections to several other characters, it seems like there should be some sort of nod to them. As one of the most memorable plot lines of the original movie, it would seem almost incomplete.

Mark, Peter, and Juliet

The story behind one of the most widely-known scenes from the original movie features Mark’s (Andrew Lincoln) unrequited love for his best friend Peter’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) wife, Juliet (Keira Knightley). And, apparently, a revamped version of that famous cue card scene is making an appearance. Could that mean that, even over a decade later, Mark is still hung up on his best friend’s girl? Or will those cue cards give an entirely different message this time?

Sarah and Michael

As someone who is very close to her brother, I absolutely love Sarah’s (Laura Linney) story. While I like that she acted on her feelings towards her hot coworker Karl (Rodrigo Santoro), it was even more admirable that she left him to be with her special needs brother Michael (Michael Fitzgerald). For that, I complete support her actions. Sarah shows a very different example of what love means and due to its uniqueness, it’s definitely something that should be looked at in the short film.

Jamie and Aurelia

Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lucia Moniz) spend the entire movie unable to really communicate due to a language barrier. When they meet, Jamie speaks English and Aurelia speaks Portuguese. But somehow, they are able to fall in love, and even learn the other’s native language. As perhaps the truest, most authentic relationship to blossom in the movie, it’s exciting to see where they will be fourteen years down the line.

The Love Actually Comic Relief special titled Red Nose Day Actually will air in the U.K. on March 24th and then on NBC in the U.S. on May 25th.

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I'm just as unique as everybody else. I am an English major with a journalism minor with a fear of aging and a belief that there's no better match than pizza and wine. When I'm not writing, you can find me watching Netflix, listening (and badly signing along) to Broadway showtunes, and working on my never-ending reading list. 
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