The first trailer has arrived for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the follow-up to the hit 2008 musical.
While the film is a sequel, with Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie now pregnant, it’s also a prequel, flashing back to when Meryl Streep’s Donna first arrived on the Greek island of Kalokairi. Lily James plays a young Donna, Jeremy Irvine plays a young Sam (Pierce Brosnan reprises his role as the older version), Josh Dylan plays a young Bill (Stellan Skarsgård back as the older Bill) and Hugh Skinner is on board as a young Harry (Colin Firth reprising his role as the older Harry).
The film goes back and forth in time, with ABBA music again being used. Oh, and as the trailer reveals, a certain big name is on board as Sophie’s grandma.
The first pic raked in a whopping $US609 million worldwide from a budget of $US52 million, so a follow-up was a no brainer, although it’s somewhat surprising it took ten years for it to come around.
Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady) directed the first film from a script by Catherine Johnson, who wrote the hit stage musical. On board as writer-director this time around is Ol Parker, whose directing credits include Imagine Me & You and Now Is Good and who penned both The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again arrives in Australia on July 19 and will open in the US on July 20.
Extended rundown for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again:
Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again.
Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open in Summer 2018.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical.
Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Nicky Kentish Barnes also serve as executive producers.
Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.
As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).