'Mamma' has a bride and a papa
EmptyPierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried are in final negotiations to star alongside Meryl Streep in "Mamma Mia!" Universal Pictures and Playtone's adaptation of the popular ABBA musical. Phyllida Lloyd is directing the musical, which is being produced by Playtone and Littlestar.
The story revolves around a bride-to-be and her formerly rebellious mom (Streep) who raised her on a Greek island and never disclosed the identity of her father. The bride locates three men who might be her father and invites them to her wedding. The musical features 22 ABBA songs, including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All."
Brosnan will play the main father figure, while Seyfried has snagged the role of the bride-to-be.
Producing are Playtone's Gary Goetzman and Littlestar's Judy Craymer. Tom Hanks, Goetzman's partner at Playtone, and Rita Wilson are executive producing along with ABBA members and songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
The movie's screenplay was written by Catherine Johnson, who wrote the show's book. Holly Bario is overseeing for Universal.
The casting is a coup for Seyfried, who has appeared in "Mean Girls" and "Alpha Dog" and can be seen on HBO's "Big Love." She is repped by Innovative and THJ Management.
Brosnan has "Butterfly on a Wheel," which he also produced, and "Married Life" with Rachel McAdams and Chris Cooper, in the can. He is repped by CAA and attorney Tom Hansen.