No, there won't be an Alan Rickman tribute in the Love Actually sequel
Alan Rickman played the role of Harry (Picture: Universal)

Richard Curtis has confirmed there will be no tribute to the late Alan Rickman in the highly-anticipated Love Actually sequel.

27 throwback photos from the Love Actually premiere in 2003, just because

Alan tragically died aged 69 last year following a battle with cancer and, famous for playing cheating Harry, the wife of Emma Thompson’s character Karen, talk of a tribute to him in the Comic Relief special had naturally been mooted.

But director Curtis has now quashed any hopes of Rickman being honoured in this way, admitting there won’t be time to look into all of the much-loved character’s lives in the TV sequel.

And further news that will undoubtedly come as a blow to fans, he also confirmed Emma Thompson will NOT be making an appearance.

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Discussing the prospect of a tribute to Rickman, Curtis told the Press Association: ‘You know dealing with Alan is very complicated so not really.

‘We’re not doing everyone. We’re doing about two thirds of people.’

And that’s when he broke all of our hearts all over again with the news that Emma, 57, also hasn’t signed up, adding: ‘Ems isn’t in it. She just can’t do it.’

Luckily for fans of the 2003 hit, those stars that WILL be returning include Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson and Marcus Brigstocke.

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THAT bench scene from the 2003 movie (Picture: Universal/Dna/Working Title UK)

Filming has already begun for the 10-minute special, with set photos released last week showing Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who play Daniel and his on-screen son Sam, filming on that bench famous for the scene in which Sam tells Daniel that he’s in love.

Curtis was speaking of the Love Actually special at the Writers Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, in which he was presented with the Valentine Davies Award for humanitarian service for his work with Comic Relief.

The 10-minute Love Actually movie will air during BBC One’s live Red Nose Day in aid of Comic Relief on March 24.

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