Variety reports that filming for the latest movie musical will begin June 25 in London and Greece.
The role of Sam — one of the three possible fathers summoned to Greece by a young gal named Sophie — will allow Brosnan the chance to duet with Streep on the ABBA standard "S.O.S." The actor told Variety, "I said yes right away because it meant working with Meryl Streep. Secondly, I saw the show with my family in London, and found it just so wonderfully happy and joyful, and so pitched in time forever in the 1970s. What a kick in the pants, to be able to go off and spend time with Meryl on some Greek island, singing ABBA songs."
"Mamma Mia!" producer Judy Craymer told the industry paper, "Pierce brings a certain smooth factor, and we think he'll have great chemistry with Meryl in a romantic comedy. He is the perfect choice."
Pierce Brosnan became well known for his work in TV's "Remington Steele" before his starring role in such James Bond films as "GoldenEye," "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "The World Is Not Enough." "Mamma Mia!" will mark the actor's film musical debut, although he did sing a few tunes in the drama "Evelyn" and sang onstage when he began his career. Brosnan's upcoming films include "Butterfly on a Wheel" and "Married Life." He is also preparing to begin filming a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair."
Phyllida Lloyd, who directed both the London and Broadway mountings of the musical, will make her feature-film directing debut on "Mamma Mia!"; the screenplay has been penned by Catherine Johnson, who wrote the book for the musical. Mamma Mia! employs the hit songs of famed pop group ABBA to tell the story of Sophie Sheridan, a young girl who hopes to discover the identity of her father. On the eve of her wedding, she brings three men from her mother Donna's past back to the Greek island they visited over two decades ago.
Mamma Mia! features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, a book by Catherine Johnson, direction by Phyllida Lloyd and choreography by Anthony Van Laast. In New York, the musical plays the Winter Garden Theatre, which is located at 1634 Broadway.