Cinderella is heading to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi.
Baby Driver star Lily James has signed on to star in Universal’s sequel to Mamma Mia, the 2008 adaptation of the stage musical based on ABBA songs that was one of the biggest hits in studio history, grossing more than $600 million worldwide.
Ol Parker, the writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, wrote and will direct Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, with the new musical being slotted for release on July 20, 2018.
Several stars of the original movie — including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski and Colin Firth — will be returning for the follow-up, which will include ABBA songs not featured in the first film, along with some reprised favorites. James, who sang “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” for 2015’s Cinderella, will play the role of “Young Donna.” The pic goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! 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. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.
Universal’s senior vp production Kristen Lowe and creative executive Lexi Barta will oversee production for the studio.
James was the breakout star of Disney’s live-action hit Cinderella. She was most recently seen in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver with Ansel Elgort, and starred in the miniseries War & Peace. Coming up, the busy actress stars in the Winston Churchill drama Darkest Hour with Gary Oldman, romantic drama Guernsey and modern Western Little Woods with Tessa Thompson. James is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management in the U.K.