Country: United States
Release Date: July 27, 2018
Director: Ol Parker
Starring: Lily James, Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 128 minutes
Box Office: $
The finaly coming for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, released May 25, features a wide sampling of ABBA tunes to get audiences excited for the movie sequel. Check it out above to hear the cast's takes on such songs as "Waterloo", "Dancing Queen," and, as performed by Cher,
The sequel will use new songs and favorites heard in the original 2008 film adaptation of the musical sensation to tell two stories: the backstory of Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep, her younger self played by Lily James), and what happens when her daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) prepares to welcome a child of her own.
Several members from the original movie's cast, including Seyfried, Streep, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dominic Cooper, return for the sequel. Joining them are several new faces, including James, Cher, and stage favorite Jessica Keenan Wynn.
General audiences won’t care about who wrote or directed the movie, and fans of the source material won’t care much either. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is one of those sequels that can earn a lot less than its respective predecessor and still make a mint. Even an Alice Through the Looking Glass plunge gets this (presumably) over/under $50 million sequel (the first film cost $52m in 2008) to $178m worldwide. Or it’s entirely likely that this Mamma Mia sequel will play like Fate of the Furious, Bridget Jones’ Baby and (possibly) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, whereby it takes an expected domestic plunge but holds its ground overseas for a relatively similar global cume.
And yes, sad to say, it’s just as noteworthy for us to be getting a female-led major studio musical in the middle of the summer in 2018 as it was in 2018. Of course, Universal has stepped up their game with female-centric popcorn entertainments over the last ten years, just as much as Disney. A few more of these films directed by women would be nice, but that’s the next step. And Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again may yet thrive this summer positioned amid a flurry of testosterone-fueled action movies like Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer 2, Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper, Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible Fallout and Mark Wahlberg’s Mile 22.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, starring (deep breath) Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Lily James, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Jeremy Irvine, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Andy Garcia and Cher, opens July 20 in North America. As always, we’ll see.