Grant primed for ‘Love’

'Notting Hill' scribe Curtis to helm; Thompson in talks to join cast

LONDON — Hugh Grant will play the British prime minister in “Love Actually,” the latest Richard Curtis romantic comedy from Working Title Films.

Emma Thompson is in talks to play his sister in the film, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Curtis, best known for “Notting Hill” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

Pic, skedded to shoot in September, will be produced by Working Title and DNA Films, the company of Curtis’ regular partner Duncan Kenworthy. Kenworthy is producing with WT’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

DNA will not invest any of its lottery coin in the project, which will be fully financed by Working Title.

The film follows 10 separate stories in the two months leading up to Christmas, with each strand climaxing on Christmas Eve. Grant plays a bachelor PM who falls in love on his first day in 10 Downing Street with the girl who makes the tea.

“I’m delighted to be joining forces with Working Title on another Richard Curtis romantic comedy and to collaborate again with Richard and Hugh,” Kenworthy commented. “I know Richard will make an excellent front-seat director. And with 20 leading roles in the film, it will be exciting to work with a really wide range of talented British actors.”

Bevan added, “We are excited about Richard channeling his comic brilliance into directing the same way he does into his scripts.”

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