Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actresses of our time. It's every young actress's dream to become a Meryl or come close to this multiple Academy Award nominee and winner. And that dream is coming true for actress Lily James, who has the honor of playing a young Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
The Cinderella and Baby Driver actress has been confirmed to play a young Donna Sheridan in the upcoming sequel to the 2008 film. The original film was adapted from the hit Broadway musical based on popular ABBA songs. The film's sequel will reportedly shift between the past and present to explore Donna's relationships in greater detail. And it could potentially reveal the identity of the father to Donna's daughter, Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried, which the original film never really answered. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will also include ABBA songs that didn't make it into the first film.
James is a welcome addition to the musical, having proved she already has the vocal chops when she sang "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes," which plays during the end credits of Disney's 2015 live-action film Cinderella. Have a listen of her singing talent in the video below:
Along with James and Streep, a number of the original cast will be returning for the sequel, including Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Christine Baranski. Ol Parker, who wrote The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its subsequent sequel, will be both writing and directing Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! Former ABBA band members, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, will also be on hand to act as executive producers and music consultants on the new film.
When Mamma Mia! first released in theaters, the film wasn't a huge hit with the critics, but it became a surprising hit at the box office. The first film grossed more than $600 million worldwide at the time of its release, proving many moviegoers were willing to take a chance on the movie musical. It's possible the 2018 sequel will find a number of dancing queens and kings to shake and shimmy their way to theaters once more.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will release in theaters on July 20, 2018.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)