Last week, Love Actually fans cheered after writer and director Richard Curtis announced that the cast of the beloved romantic comedy would reunite for a 10-minute mini-sequel for charity. (Yay!)
While most of the cast like Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, and Bill Nighy are set to return, questions about whether Emma Thompson would have a role in the project remained.
During the recent U.K. premiere of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, Thompson confirmed she would not be returning, and revealed that Curtis couldn't write a part for her without the late great Alan Rickman.
“Richard wrote to me and said, ‘Darling, I can’t write anything for you ’cause of Alan,’ and I said, ‘No, of course, of course you can’t,'” she told Reuters. “It would be sad, too sad. It’s too soon. You know, it’s absolutely right.” She added: “It’s absolutely right, it’s supposed to be for Comic Relief and there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend really only just over a year ago... We thought and thought but it just seemed wrong.”
Rickman passed away last January at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.