Mamma Mia! 2: Everything You Need To Know

12 June 2017, 16:46 | Updated: 9 February 2018, 12:59

Mamma Mia

Meryl's heading back to that Greek island for more ABBA-tastic shenanigans.

It’s not long now until Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits our cinemas, and here's all you need to know about the sequel...

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Did you say Mamma Mia! 2?

Yep, you heard right. Fans said Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! a sequel, and now it’s happening.

When is Mamma Mia 2 Out?

It is expected to be released on 20th July 2018 in the US and the 27th July 2018 in the UK - a decade after the original.

And what will the Mamma Mia sequel be called?

Now, this is the genius part. The new movie will be called Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.

 

Meryl and Pierce

Meryl and Pierce are overcome at the good news.      Picture: Twitter

What was the original Mamma Mia about again?

The first film was set in Greece and told the story of bride-to-be Sophie's attempts to find her real father. She was shocked when her mother Donna revealed that there were three possible contenders.

That’s right! The plot was a wee bit flimsy, but it was all about the songs. When you have the back catalogue of ABBA at your disposal, it really is all about the songs. The 1970s Swedish supergroup had 9 UK number one singles and sold 200 million albums worldwide.

Will the original Mamma Mia cast members be returning? 

Yep. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski and Amanda Seyfried are among the stars who will reprise their roles. 

 

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Are there any story details yet?

It’s rumoured that one idea would be a prequel with the focus on Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth’s characters.

What else do I need to know? Will they be using the same songs again?

Producers have said that the new film will feature a number of ABBA tracks which were not in the original. So you may hear Knowing Me, Knowing You or Waterloo.

Surely they’ll polish up some of the first film’s tracks again?

There were a whopping 20 ABBA songs in the first film, and apparently we’ll hear “some reprised favourites”  in the new one. Hmmm – did somebody say ‘megamix’?

Any new cast members joining in the fun?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cinderella and Downton Abbey star Lily James will portray the role of Young Donna, a younger version of Streep's alter-ego Donna Sheridan. 

Lily James Downton Abbey Rose

Lily James played Lady Rose Aldridge on Downton.  [Picture: ITV]

Who wrote Mamma Mia 2?

Ol Parker, who wrote The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will write and direct Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Fun fact – he’s also the husband of Line Of Duty star Thandie Newton.

Will there be a new West End stage show based on the new film?

Nothing confirmed as yet, but that would be interesting. The original musical is one of the longest running stage musicals ever – it opened in London in April 1999.

Abba

This is almost as exciting as the idea of an ABBA reunion.       Picture: REX

Anything else we should know?

Bjorn Ulvaeus has applied for permission to build a Greek taverna-style restaurant in (where else?) Waterloo in London.

Although Benny has already opened a branch in Stockholm in 2015. Mamma Mia! The Party has an 'immersive show' going on while diners enjoy their Mediterranean food.

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