Donna and her Dynamos are back on 20th July for another sun-kissed summer of sand, sea and songs. As we impatiently await Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’s arrival, here’s our handy A-Z guide…
The beloved Swedish pop group whose songs form the basis of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. So far, some of tracks confirmed are Mamma Mia, from ABBA (1975), When I Kissed the Teacher, from Arrival (1976), Dancing Queen, from Arrival (1976) and Fernando, non-album single (1976).
As in Christine Baranski. The two-time Golden Globe nominee reprises her role as wine-loving serial-divorcee Tanya in this sequel – and she isn’t the only one. In fact, all the main players from the original movie – from Meryl Streep and Colin Firth to Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan – are back.
As if the original cast all returning wasn’t exciting enough, Mamma Mia! 2 also boasts some big-name additions including Cher as Sophie’s snooty grandmother, Ruby. The Grammy, Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe-award winner will be singing a duet of Fernando with fellow newcomer Andy Garcia.
Donna Sheridan’s trouser style of choice in the original movie – and a firm favourite this time too. In fact, they even made the official poster.
And what a tizzy they caused! Why? Well, they seemed to suggest that kick-ass matriarch Donna Sheridan (played by the wonderful Meryl Streep) is no longer with us. And the final trailer did nothing to quell that fear either. Is it going to be true?
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again sees us travelling back in time to the summer of 1979 where we meet a much younger Donna just as she’s about to get acquainted with Sam, Harry and Bill. The reason for our journey into the past? Well, in the present, Sophie – the only child of Donna – is pregnant. Scared and unsure, she looks to Donna’s youthful tribulations for guidance.
The British playwright who wrote the Mamma Mia! stage musical and who also penned the script for the 2008 movie adaptation. She’s handed over screenplay duties to Ol Parker this time, but did still help to come up with the story (along with Four Weddings and a Funeral’s Richard Curtis).
Until it was bested by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II in 2011, the original Mamma Mia! movie was the most successful British production ever in the United Kingdom, notching up an astonishing £68.5 million.
Just one of the beloved ABBA hits featuring in this follow-up. Other confirmed tracks include Knowing Me, Knowing You and the Eurovision-winning fan favourite, Waterloo.
The date when Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again sings and dances its way into ODEON cinemas.
The beautiful (but fictional) Greek island where much of the action – both in the original film and this sequel – is set.
The 29-year-old, Surrey-born actress plays Young Donna in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. You’ll recognise her from Downton Abbey, Cinderella, The Darkest Hour and The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society.
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Amanda Seyfried now appears to be performing with her mum's pals, played by Christine Baranski and Julie Walters, in the new film. It works both as a touching tribute to Streep, and also as a vision of what the Sugababes might have looked like after another few decades of line-up changes.
Anyway, whatever other surprises are in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, we are so ready for this film.
Taking over directing duties from Phyllida Law is London-born Ol Parker (who also scripts). Parker’s previous work includes the delightful rom-com Imagine Me & You and he also wrote the screenplay for the charming comedy drama, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
That’s the happy condition Donna’s daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds herself in in this sequel.
We mean Dancing Queen, of course, one of ABBA’s most popular songs. You’ll hear it again in this sequel, this time belted out by Sophie, Rosie, Tanya, Sam, Bill and Harry. Yep, you could say they’re having the time of their lives…
Young Donna gets wooed not once, not twice, but thrice in Here We Go Again, resulting in a cute little baby bump and a trio of possible dads.
That’s how much the original movie grossed at the global box office. Well, 9 million to be exact. Expect Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again to smash those figures as the world says thank you for the music all over again!
This toe-tapping sequel is being released exactly 10 years after the original film, while the present-day storyline is also set a decade on.
The American movie studio behind Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. They also produced the box-office-busting original.
The ramshackle Greek guesthouse run by Donna Sheridan in the first movie. It’s had a bit of a revamp in this sequel and now goes by the name, Hotel Bella Donna. It’s even got a new manager: Andy Garcia’s Fernando!
Cher. Lily. Pierce. Amanda. Christine. Colin. Stellan. They’re all at it in this sequel – with varying levels of tunefulness we might add (but that just adds to the fun!).
Something this sequel has in spades. From the all-star cast and idyllic Greek setting to the incredible soundtrack and inspired now/then storyline, we couldn’t escape if we wanted to.
Played by Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine and Hugh Skinner respectively, get ready for your heart to break along with Donna’s. These guys have mega-watt smiles and charm to spare. As Alexa Davies’ Young Rosie so aptly puts it: “What kind of island is this?”
The exact probability of you NOT loving Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. It’s a sunny, funny, ABBA-tastic delight!