HERE WE GO AGAIN

A DECADE AF­TER THE ORIG­I­NAL FILM HIT THE BIG SCREEN, THE MAMMA MIA! CAST RE­UNITES FOR A MOVIE THAT IS A PRE­QUEL, A SEQUEL AND A WHOLE LOT OF FUN

The Northern Star - - WEEKEND - WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN

Get ready to do the time jump when Mamma Mia! re­turns to the big screen. Ten years af­ter the first movie mu­si­cal had cin­ema­go­ers singing along, the orig­i­nal cast re­unites for this long-awaited sequel.

Repris­ing their roles are Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Wal­ters as Rosie and Chris­tine Baran­ski as Tanya.

Amanda Seyfried and Do­minic Cooper re­unite as So­phie and Sky, while Pierce Bros­nan, Stel­lan Skars­gard and Colin Firth re­turn to play So­phie’s three pos­si­ble dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.

The sequel, Here We Go Again, jumps back and forth be­tween the past and present.

So­phie is preg­nant and her mother’s friends Rosie and Tanya share sto­ries of Donna’s ad­ven­tur­ous youth, in­clud­ing how she came to live in the Greek is­lands and how she met So­phie’s three pos­si­ble fa­thers.

Lily James joins the cast as the young Donna and Cher makes a star-stud­ded cameo as So­phie’s grand­mother Ruby.

There are plenty of hit ABBA songs on the sound­track, in­clud­ing Fer­nando, SOS and Water­loo. ABBA’s Benny An­der­s­son and Björn Ul­vaeus also re­turn to pro­vide ad­di­tional orig­i­nal mu­sic and lyrics and serve as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers.

What fans are ea­gerly await­ing is the fate of Streep’s char­ac­ter Donna, whose pos­si­ble death was the cen­tre of spec­u­la­tion af­ter the film’s trailer ref­er­enced her in the past tense.

But Seyfried re­as­sured fans in a re­cent in­ter­view with En­ter­tain­ment Tonight: “You do see her. She’s (Meryl) very much a part of this movie ... all the flash­backs are of Lily (James) play­ing Donna. So it’s a pre­quel and a sequel, and so you see Meryl is very much a part of it”.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again opens in cin­e­mas on Thurs­day.

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