The upcoming Love Actually reunion film has us more than a little excited, especially as the first pics of filming start to come out. But fans of the classic film will have noticed that one particular person is missing from the reunion. Emma Thompson will NOT be appearing in the Love Actually sequel, and the reason will totally break your heart.

Emma Thompson

Though it鈥檚 hard to imagine Love Actually without Emma Thompson, the fact that the reunion film will be a short one meant for Red Nose Day means that there won鈥檛 be a lot of time to delve deep into the characters鈥 lives all these years later. That鈥檚 the reason Emma Thompson won鈥檛 be appearing 鈥 or rather, because her character鈥檚 story these days is just too heartbreaking.

Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson _ Love Actually

According to the Guardian, Thompson revealed the details of a conversation she had with the film鈥檚 writer/director Richard Curtis. 鈥淩ichard wrote to me and said, 鈥楧arling, we can鈥檛 write anything for you because of Alan,鈥欌 speaking of beloved actor, Alan Rickman, who played Harry, the husband of Thompson鈥檚 character, Karen, and who sadly passed away in January of 2016.

Emma agreed, adding that she responded by saying, 鈥溾橬o, of course, it would be sad, too sad鈥欌 It鈥檚 too soon. It鈥檚 absolutely right because it鈥檚 supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn鈥檛 much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend, really, just over a year ago鈥 we thought and thought [about it] but it just seemed wrong. It was absolutely the right decision.鈥

No doubt fans of Love Actually and fans of Alan Rickman will agree with that decision.

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(h/t Pop Sugar; photos via Stuart C. Wilson/Getty, Universal Pictures)