Fans of the original 2008 film are thrilled and shocked in equal measure – the trailer for the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is all kinds of lovely but also heart-breaking. The proceedings suggest that Donna, played by Meryl Streep, has died, leaving daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) to fend for herself! …And this, when the pregnant Sophie needs her mother the most.
Angry fans of this favourite mother-daughter singing duo have taken to social media to express their disappointment over the decision to kill of Streep’s character. “I am F U M I N G - please don’t try and come for my soul and kill Donna off in mamma mia 2 unless you want me to go into mourning”, said one user, while another declared, “If donna is dead in mamma mia 2 then 2018 is cancelled.”
There is a surprise silver lining that comes in though, in the shape of a blonde Cher, no less, as Sophie’s grandmother! When Sophie greets her grandmother, who descends from a helicopter, saying, “Grandma, you weren’t invited,” this most unlikely shades-sporting grandma responds with, “That’s the best kind of party, little girl.” Way to go, grandma!
Sophie's pregnancy is revealed when she calls on her mother's best friends Rosie and Tanya (played again by Julie Walters and Christine Baranski), who tells her about what her mother Donna was like when she was pregnant.
While it is unclear just how much of Meryl Streep we will see in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, there appears to be plenty of Lily James, who plays the younger Donna. She will be the one fleshing out the character’s backstory, besides introducing viewers to her early loves: Sam, Bill, and Harry, Sophie’s three possible fathers. While Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth reprise their roles as Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill, and Harry, younger actors will essay the roles in flashback. The cast sees Alexa Davies as the young Rosie, Jessica Keenan Wynn as young Tanya, Jeremy Irvine as young Sam, Josh Dylan as young Bill, and Hugh Skinner as young Harry.
Mama Mia, we can’t wait to go again! The music starts July 20, 2018. Watch the trailer here: