The painful reason Emma Thompson won't be in the Love Actually reunion

Disclaimer: this article will break your heart.

It was announced last week that Love Actually is getting a spring sequel — 14 years later (because Christmas is all around us even in March, eh?!).

The short film - also written and directed by Richard Curtis — will reunite old cast members and catch up with their characters in 2017.

However, Emma Thompson won't be joining co-stars Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth and Keira Knightley.

The reason is as simple as it is heart-breaking.

Her close friend and partner in the film Alan Rickman died last year and it would be too painful.

"Richard (Curtis) wrote to me and said, 'Darling we can't write anything for you because of Alan,'" Thompson told PA, "and I said, 'No of course, it would be sad, too sad'.

"It's too soon," she said. "It's absolutely right because it's supposed to be for Comic Relief, but 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 but to revisit the wonderful fun characters of Bill Nighy and Hugh Grant and Liam [Neeson] and all of that; that's fantastic but obviously what would he have done?"

"Both of them would be in therapy by now and I would be working on some kind of ward. It was absolutely the right decision."

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LONDON - MARCH 9: Alan Rickman poses during a photo call held on March 9, 2004 at his home in London, England. (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)
English actor Alan Rickman, London, 1984. (Photo by Geoff Shields/Getty Images)
54TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Alan Rickman, Best Actor In A Leading Role - Mini-Series Or Television Movie for 'Rasputin' on stage during the 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 19, 1997 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Cast members of 'Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban' stand together before the preview at Radio City in New York 23 May 2004. From left are: director Alfonso Cuaron, producer David Heyman, Robbie Coltrane, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, and producer Chris Columbus. AFP PHOTO/Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - MARCH 9: Alan Rickman poses during a photo call held on March 9, 2004 at his home in London, England. (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)
Alan Rickman-November 29, 2006-Alan Rickman, English actor now appearing in new made-in-Canada movie Snowcake (Snowcake is one word). shot in Toronto Wednesday November 29, 2006. (Tannis Toohey/ TORONTO STAR) (Photo by Tannis Toohey/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST15: Actors Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman (R) wave as they arrive for the premier of the film 'Snow Cake' at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, August 15, 2006 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alan Rickman At The Premiere Of In 'Perfume' In Berlin Cinestar. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Alan Rickman poses at the Gibson Guitar celebrity hospitality lounge held at the Miners Club during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2008 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images for KC Events)
Alan Rickman on set of the final Harry Potter film ' Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' at Gloucester Cathedral.; - 7th February 2008; 38625; (Photo by Jules Annan/Photoshot/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31: Alan Rickman attends the 'Bottle Shock' press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on July 31, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: Actress Christine Ebersole and actor Alan Rickman attend the premiere of 'Bottle Shock' at Cinema 2 on August 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JULY 09: Actor Alan Rickman attends the 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 09: Actors Michael Gambon, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman attend the 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Actor Alan Rickman attends the Son Jung Wan Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 17, 2011 in New York City.
Alan Rickman signs autographs as he arrives for the North American premiere of âHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows â Part 2â July 11, 2011 at Lincoln Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Alan Rickman Arriving At The World Premiere Of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, In Trafalgar Square In Central London. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Alan Rickman and Suzanne Bertish sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court before the Ladies' Singles final match between Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Marion Bartoli of France on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actor Alan Rickman attends 'Une Promesse' Photocall during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: (R-L) Actors Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall, director Patrice Leconte and actor Richard Madden attends the 'Une Promesse' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Darsena on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actors Alan Rickman attends the 'Une Promesse' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Darsena on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 908 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Alan Rickman during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on October 9, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13: Director/actor Alan Rickman speaks onstage at the 'A Little Chaos' premiere introduction during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 13, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Alan Rickman attends a screening of 'A Little Chaos' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alan Rickman and Collin Kelly-Sordelet backstage after a preview performance of 'The Last Ship' at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
Alan Rickman arrives on the red carpet for the evening tribute to Viggo Mortensen during the 14th Marrakech International Film Festival on December 7, 2014 in Marrakech. AFP PHOTO /FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Helen McCrory (L) and Alan Rickman attend the UK premiere of 'A Little Chaos' at ODEON Kensington on April 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Alan Rickman attends the UK premiere of 'A Little Chaos' at ODEON Kensington on April 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Alan Rickman attends a Memorial Service for Sir Richard Attenborough at Westminster Abbey on March 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Director Alan Rickman attends Apple Store Soho: Meet the Filmmaker at Apple Store Soho on June 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Actor Alan Rickman speaks at AOL Build Speaker Series at AOL Studios In New York on June 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0282 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Alan Rickman during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on June 17, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Alan Rickman attends on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 29, 2015 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Alan Rickman attends on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 29, 2015 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival)
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