'Mamma Mia!' Sequel Trailer Teases Bigger Musical Spectacle, Less Meryl Streep
A new musical spectacle opens its curtains in the sequel to Universal's Mamma Mia!. The follow-up, Mamma Mia!, Here We Go Again, debuted its trailer on Thursday and there is one thing fans of the franchise quickly picked up on.
Ten years after the original film hit theaters, the upcoming sequel welcomes the return of Amanda Seyfried as Sophie, who reveals she is pregnant but nervous to be a single mom. Hoping to inspire Sophie to find strength and courage, her family friends (Julie Walters and Christine Baranski) begin chronicling the early years of her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), who raised Sophie on her own. Donna, however, is not shown in their opening interaction.
Alternating between the past and present, the film will explore Donna's early life and how she found herself in the predicament of discovering the identity of Sophie's father, as detailed in the original film. Streep appears in the flashbacks and the sequel welcomes Lily James to the ensemble, taking on the role of a younger Donna.
Speculation quickly rose, however, questioning the fate of Streep's Donna, since she appears to be absent from all of the present-day footage. Streep is credited on the film, but doesn't have the top billing she had for the original and Universal isn't commenting on the plot.
"Life's short. The world is wide. I wanna make some memories," says James, as the film teases a montage of her fun yet dramatic early years. Seyfried's Sophie later says, "I've never felt closer to my mom. She wasn't scared, because she had me."
Already finding herself in a predicament, Sophie's world is then turned upside down after learning her grandma (Cher) makes an unexpected visit to their Greek island of Kalokairi. "Let's get the party started," Cher's character exclaims, only for Seyfried's Sophie to inform her that she wasn't invited. "That's the best kind of party, little girl," Cher teases.
The original Mamma Mia! grossed more than $600 million around the world, with many of the original castmembers reprising their roles for the follow-up. Pierce Brosnon, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard return as Sophie's potential fathers — Sam, Bill and Harry. Dominic Cooper will also reprise his role. Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wyn, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan and Hugh Skinner join the cast to play the younger counterparts to the film's established characters.
Mamma Mia!, Here We Go Again will be directed by Ol Parker, who also serves as the film's writer. Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus return to pen original songs and lyrics, with Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman serving as producers. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Nicky Kentish Barnes executive produce.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is set to hit theaters July 20.