Mother's day for Streep in ABBA musical
EmptyMeryl Streep will star in Universal Pictures and Playtone's adaptation of the popular ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!" Theater director Phyllida Lloyd is in negotiations to make her feature directorial debut on the pic, which is being produced by Playtone and Littlestar (HR 1/9).
The story revolves around a bride-to-be and her formerly rebellious mom 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. Streep will play the mom.
The musical, created by Judy Craymer and Catherine Johnson, features 22 ABBA songs, including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All." The part marks the first musical for Streep, who has showed off her pipes in such movies as "A Prairie Home Companion," "Postcards From the Edge" and "Death Becomes Her."
Producing are Playtone's Gary Goetzman and Littlestar's 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 Johnson, who wrote the show's book. Holly Bario is overseeing for Universal.
Streep, repped by CAA, has received Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her starring turn in "The Devil Wears Prada." She recently joined the all-star cast of "Lions for Lambs," in which she will act alongside Tom Cruise and Robert Redford, and wrapped "Rendition," a political thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon.