"Love Actually" fans were doing their best Hugh Grant-style dancing this week in celebration of the announcement that most of the cast would be reuniting to film a mini sequel for the upcoming Red Nose Day fundraiser. And now, we have our first look at a few of the actors back in action.
Emma Freud, partner of "Love Actually" director Richard Curtis and the film's script editor, posted a few behind the scenes photos from filming on her Twitter account, featuring Liam Neeson (who played recent widower Daniel), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (who played Daniel's adorable, lovesick step-son, Sam), and Olivia Olson (who played Joanna, Sam's crush who belted out a jaw-dropping version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" at the school pageant).
Olson in particular looks unrecognizable (Freud notes that the actress appears "slightly older than she did in the original film"), and it's extremely jarring to see Brodie-Sangster standing next to his movie dad, nearly as tall as Neeson. But Freud saved the best photo for last, featuring a recreation of the famous scene from the flick in which Daniel and Sam have a heart-to-heart while sitting on a bench on the bank of the Thames.
"Might have cried a tiny bit," the editor tweeted of the special reunion. A photo shared by the official Red Nose Day Instagram account, capturing the moment head-on, also made us a little misty. The pair look like they've been returning to this bench for 14 years, as if no time has passed at all.
Stop everything.... #RedNoseDayActually update... Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Daniel and Sam) filming the Love Actually sequel for #rednoseday in London TODAY!!!!! 😀😍😝❤🔴 #behindthescenes #loveactually #excited #liamneeson #thomasbrodiesangster #london #celebrity #amazing Photo @sarahmlee47
We can't wait to see the finished product. The Red Nose Day special airs in the U.K. on March 24, and in the U.S. on May 25.