It’s back! And about time too. Nearly 10 years to the day since the release of the original film, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is to be released on Jun 20, 2018. Based on the musical from 1999, Mamma Mia! is a romantic musical comedy that uses the songs from the supergroup ABBA. The original film told the story of Donna Sheridan whose daughter Sophie was getting married. Sophie didn’t know who her father was until she read her mother’s diary when she found it could have been one of three. The story was about the lead up to the wedding.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the sequel to the original and tells the story of Sophie finding out she’s pregnant. She’s worried that she will be unable to cope with a baby. The story flashes between the past and the present as the story of Donna’s pregnancy is told and about the emotional problems that occurred being pregnant and on her own. Both Rosie and Tanya are on hand to help Sophie with tales of young Donna and how she coped being pregnant.
The cast from the original Mamma Mia! are all back including Amanda Seyfried as Sophie, Julie Walters as Rosie, Pierce Brosnan as Sam, and Colin Firth as Harry Bright. The cast list also includes Meryl Streep, but more about that later! New members of the cast include Lily James as the young Donna, Jessica Keenan Wynn as a young Tanya, and Jeremey Irvine as young Sam. I don’t know any of these new actors, but from the trailer, they certainly look and act like the older characters they portray. Of course, the other member of the cast is Cher who plays Donna’s mother. Certainly another big name for the film, though she certainly doesn’t look old enough to play a grandmother, soon to be a great-grandmother.
The last film was full of incredibly well-known songs by ABBA, and it was great to sing along even though I couldn’t reach the higher notes! Benny Andersson has confirmed three songs so far, Angel Eyes, I Wonder, and When I Kissed the Teacher. Now, I’ve considered myself an ABBA fan but the fact I do not know any of these songs leads me to believe I’m not. I have until June to learn them so I can sing along!
Fernando is in the film because Cher sings it. Some of the songs that were on the original song are also in this movie including I Have a Dream, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, and Waterloo. Other songs that have been mentioned by cast members are One of Us, Summer Night City, and The Name of The Game. That’s more like it; I know those songs. Maybe I am a true ABBA fan after all.
Donna Carmichael…Is She or Isn’t She?
As soon as the trailer was released, the world began to wonder where Donna Carmichael was? She was not in the trailer expect for excerpts from the last film. Rumors began that she may, in fact, be dead. Who knows whether the directors are just trying to make us worry and make us pay money to rush out and see the film, or whether Meryl was too busy to appear in the film. Her name is on the cast list, but as she appears in clips from the previous movie, then it would be.
This picture was released by Universal and Donna’s chair is at, the front. It’s definitely from Mamma Mia!2, and it’s definitely not Young Donna because that is on the next row. Cher also tweeted that she chatted to Meryl on the set of the film. Would she be there just to film old scenes? Then, of course, there is the fact that Sophie meets Tanya and Rosie from the boat. Where is Donna? Sophie also states she’s scared of raising a baby on her own. She wouldn’t be alone with Donna to help, and has she split up with Sky as well? In fact, throughout the trailer, Donna is mentioned only in the past tense, and there are a lot of sad faces on screen. Sophie also sings with Tanya and Rosie. Why was Donna not singing with them? I’m hoping that it is all a case of the writers wanting us to go and watch the film and she will be on screen as large as life and singing away.
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