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In the biggest surprise of CinemaCon so far, Cher took the stage to perform ABBA’s “Fernando” to promote her upcoming film, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
The sequel to the hit 2008 film Mamma Mia! opens in theaters on July 20.
Cher, dressed in a full glitter pantsuit and matching platform heels, finished the song as balloons dropped from the ceiling inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. A small armada of dancers performed a choreographed routine, while Cher appeared on a raise platform from behind fake palm fronds. She received a standing ovation.
Many of the stars of the first film — including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski and Colin Firth — are returning for the follow-up, which will include ABBA songs not featured in the first film, along with some reprised favorites.
New additions include Lily James and Cher.
Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley waited to come onstage at CinemaCon until the final two films of Universal’s presentation, Mamma Mia 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22).
“These two movies are what the motion picture industry is all about,” Langley said.
Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard shared footage from Jurassic World 2. Seyfried next took the stage to show an extended clip of Mamma Mia 2. She then came back onstage with the big surprise of the day: Cher, who is no stranger to the Strip.
Ol Parker, the writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, wrote and will direct Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
Mamma Mia 2 once more brings the producers of the original movie, Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, together. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the hit stage musical upon which the 2008 film was based. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.
Mamma Mia! grossed more than $600 million worldwide.
Mia Galuppo contributed to this report.
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