Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed over $600 million worldwide, principal photography for the Universal Pictures sequel has begun. Entitled Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the movie musical is set to be released July 20, 2018.
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, with Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, and Oscar winner Colin Firth returning as well.
The film will travel back and forth in time in order to show how various relationships grew and how the past can resonate in the present. Lily James will play the Young Donna; filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn. Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine with Josh Dylan as Young Bill and Hugh Skinner as Young Harry.
The new movie features an original story and will incorporate songs heard in the first feature as well as additional ABBA tunes. Ol Parker, who wrote the script, also directs, with creator Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman returning to produce.
"I'm so thrilled to have our brilliant original cast back and to welcome the new cast to the Mamma Mia! family," said producer Craymer in a statement. "It was so much fun casting these young roles, and there is great excitement amongst the whole cast as we explore the characters past and present and continue this heartwarming story where it left off…told once again through much-loved ABBA songs."
Mamma Mia! closed on Broadway in September 2015 as the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history. In its various productions, the show has grossed a reported $2 billion worldwide.