The first trailer for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again appears to tease the death of Meryl Streep’s character, Donna. The trailer reveals Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie is pregnant and one of her mother’s best friends, Rosie (Julie Walters), says, “Your mother was the bravest person we ever met.” Keyword = was. The trailer then goes on to lay out Donna’s backstory, with Lily James (Darkest Hour, Baby Driver) playing the younger Donna in flashbacks.
The cast also includes Christine Baranski as Tanya, Dominic Cooper as Sky, Pierce Brosnan as Sam, Stellan Skarsgård as Bill, and Colin Firth as Harry. Young Rosie is played by Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn plays the young Tanya. Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) is the young Sam, Josh Dylan (Allied) is young Bill, and Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends) is the young Harry. Plus, Cher is confirmed to be in the sequel, putting in an appearance at the end of the first trailer.
Ol Park wrote and directed the Mamma Mia sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Nicky Kentish Barnes executive produce, with Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman producing. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus returned to write the music and lyrics for the Mamma Mia! sequel, and also served as executive producers.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will open in theaters on July 20, 2018.
The original film premiered on July 18, 2008 and was directed by Phyllida Lloyd, working from a $50 million budget. The film’s opening weekend rang up $27 million domestically and went on to gross $609 million worldwide before exiting theaters. Mamma Mia was nominated for two Golden Globes and three BAFTA Awards. It won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor (Pierce Brosnan) as well as the “Movie You Wanted to Love, But Just Couldn’t” award from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.