Okay, so. First question:
For the love of Agnetha, WHY?
Screencaps for you to look at as you ponder our probing question:
Everything looks really pretty and wholesomely fun. All the younger versions of the original characters seem to be fairly well cast – on looks, at least. One could quibble with Lily James vs. the image we all have of Meryl Streep at Lily’s age, but once she’s in the overalls and the perm, it works.
But we return to our original question: WHY ON EARTH?
We know we’re going to get indignant pushback on this – and by all means, if you’re a fan and you’re looking forward to it, go with God. But the OG film was one of those cinematic experiences that was fun the first time you saw it, and then something of an increasing embarrassment each subsequent time you happened to stumble across it. And sure, we’re not so naive as to not understand the true answer to our question: because the first film made a truckload of money, of course. But boy, was that ever NOT a film that called for a sequel. Then again, in an age where comicbook heroes get a 250 million-dollar release every three months like clockwork, we can’t really spend too much time raging over a sugary-sweet crowd-pleaser.
But we still have questions. First, is it us, or are they trying to make it look like Meryl’s character died? Second…
What even IS this? Of all the things to bring Cher back to the big screen, she chose this? And is she playing Meryl Streep’s mother? Who the hell came up with that one? Speaking on behalf of the gays, we did NOT want a Cher/Abba mashup! Keep our divas separate, please!
Fine. Whatever. Everyone have fun with this one. We’ll be sitting over here, clutching our old Abba: Gold CD and harrumphing.
IN THEATERS JULY 20, 2018
Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again.
Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash-hit stage musical.
Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Nicky Kentish Barnes also serve as executive producers.
Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award® winner 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 Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.
As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).
Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Lily James, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Jeremy Irvine, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Andy Garcia and Cher.
[Image Credit: Universal Pictures – Stills: Tozm and Lorenzo via Universal Pictures – Video Credit: Universal Pictures via YouTube.com]
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