"Mamma Mia!" Film Makes World Premiere June 30

News   "Mamma Mia!" Film Makes World Premiere June 30
"Mamma Mia!", the motion picture based on the international hit musical of the same name, makes its world premiere June 30 in London's Leicester Square.
Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried in
Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried in "Mamma Mia!" Photo by Peter Mountain,

The film, which stars Academy Award winner Meryl Streep as mom Donna Sheridan, will officially open in the U.K. July 4 and is scheduled to hit movie theatres in the U.S. July 18.

In addition to Streep, the cast also features Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgard and Dominic Cooper. The film was directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who is making her feature-film debut. Lloyd helmed both the London and Broadway mountings of Mamma Mia!

Using the back catalogue of 70s pop group ABBA, Johnson's plot tells the story of bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan, who hopes to discover her father's identity on the eve of her wedding. She brings three men from her mother Donna's past back to the Greek island they last visited 20 years previously.

The show and film feature music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Since the original London production opened in 1999, the musical has grossed over $2 billion worldwide.

The film, according to the Universal Pictures website, is described as such: "An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends-practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski)-from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. "On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities."

For more information visit www.universalpictures.com.

Julie Walters, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski in "Mamma Mia!"
Julie Walters, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski in "Mamma Mia!" Photo by Peter Mountain,
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