Love Actually 2 gets new US version with returning star

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Richard Curtis still isn't finished working on Comic Relief's Love Actually even though it aired five days ago in the UK.

Last Friday's Comic Relief telethon finally saw the debut of Red Nose Day Actually, a short film catching us up on the lives of all of our favourite characters 14 years after the original.

There was dancing galore, a major character's tragic death, the return of Andrew Lincoln and his message cards and an empowering message of love from Hugh Grant just when we needed it most.

Missing from that special was Laura Linney, who had some of the original's most emotional scenes as her character Sarah struggled between her duty of care to her mentally ill brother and a growing love for her co-worker Karl (Rodrigo Santoro).

Sarah didn't get a happy ending in the original Love Actually, but she'll have a second chance. Laura Linney has confirmed she'll be shooting new scenes for Red Nose Day Actually in the coming weeks!

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How's that going to work, you're probably wondering? Richard Curtis is working on an alternate cut of the film for the US version of Red Nose Day, featuring at least one new scene with Laura Linney.

"I'd done something for the last Red Nose Day," she told Entertainment Weekly. "So I'd kept in touch with Richard 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."

She then teased: "I have no idea what I'm doing yet. Not a clue."

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Linney will shoot her scenes in April - and we're hoping her hottie co-worker Rodrigo Santoro joins her! The US version of Red Nose Day will air on NBC on May 25.

Red Nose Day Actually and a host of comedians, musicians and TV stars helped raise an incredible £73m for Comic Relief in the UK during last Friday's telethon.

The charity film is most likely the last time we'll see our favourite Love Actually characters, since Richard Curtis has ruled out ever making a full-length sequel.

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