By Laura Bradley. Photos: Courtesy of Universal Studios, Twitter.
Love is in the air—again, actually. As Love Actually’s big Red Nose Day reunion prepares to bring schmaltzy, parallel storytelling joy into everyone’s lives again, it appears fans can expect at least one distinct echo from the past: Andrew Lincoln will be at Keira Knightley’s door once more. Producer Emma Freud confirmed as much on Twitter Wednesday, with a photo of Lincoln—a bit older, but still standing at the ready to woo Knightley’s Juliet with some romantic cue cards.
“It was 13 years ago,” Freud wrote on Twitter. “There is more facial hair now. But he still loves her....”
And here we’d thought he had moved on to Danai Gurira. Guess not! This revelation actually has some interesting implications for the sequel. In the original film, Lincoln played Mark, a man hopelessly in love with Knightley’s Juliet, even though she was married to his best friend, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Peter. Ejiofor is also returning for the Love Actually sequel short, which will air as part of this year’s Red Nose Day charity festivities—and according to another set photo, Peter and Mark are still chums.
However! Mark still has those blasted cue cards in hand, indicating that he hasn’t quite gotten over Juliet. While Freud indicates that Peter and Juliet are enjoying “marital bliss,” if there’s one thing this franchise loves, it’s a twist—and pairing Juliet with Peter after all would certainly make for a dramatic ending.
The first Love Actually sequel set photos were posted earlier in March, catching us up with some of our favorite characters from the first film, including Painfully Awkward Prime Minister Hugh Grant.
Apart from Mark’s apparent inability to move on from his best friend’s wife (some friend), it’s also striking how verbose he is. Just look at that gigantic stack of cardboard! Is it us, or is he holding a lot more pieces than he did 13 years ago? Anyway, the point is: we feel it in our fingers; we feel it in our toes. Love Actually is all around us, and so the nostalgia grows. It’s set to peak March 24, when the short premieres in the U.K.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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