Love Actually casting director reveals the actor she’d replace if film was made today

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Love Actually’s casting director has suggested a key change she would make if the film was made today.

Fiona Weir told Metro that a hypothetical modern version of the iconic Christmas film, which was released in 2003, might not include a certain Hugh Grant, who played Prime Minister David.

"The first thing is I would cast a female prime minister," she said.

Weir reflected on how, although the film has stood the test of time, its director and screenwriter Richard Curtis would approach it in a different way today.

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"I think if we were doing it today, Richard would write it very differently," she said. "20 years on, it's a different country, it's a different world, a lot has changed.

"So, I think it will be a very different script, you can't really sort of transpose actors on it. But the one thing I can declare is that we would definitely, definitely cast a female prime minister."

Weir even has an idea of who would play a gender-swapped politician, using none other than Bridgerton as inspiration.

"Adjoa Andoh would be brilliant. I think she'd be wonderful," she said.

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Love Actually is getting a cinema re-release in select countries, with a restored version created to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary.

"I'm really excited about this new version of the film," Curtis said in a statement. "It's never looked or sounded better."

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, co-chairmen of production company Working Title, said: "Love Actually is a huge milestone in our history and reminds us of how grateful we are of our continued relationship with Richard.

"We hope this new remastered version of the film will continue to bring many people together in joy and love this holiday season."

Love Actually is re-released in UK cinemas on November 24. In the US, the restored version hits theaters on December 8.

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