Having the time of your life! Mamma Mia! left a long-lasting impression in 2008 because the forged transported viewers to Greece whereas singing ABBA’s best hits — and one movie simply wasn’t sufficient.
Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried captivated audiences as mother-daughter duo Donna and Sophie within the unique film. In hopes of getting solutions about her father’s id, Sophie contacts three of her mother’s former flames — Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Invoice (Stellan Skarsgård) and Harry (Colin Firth) — earlier than her wedding ceremony.
Whereas followers by no means formally study who Sophie’s dad is, the lads all conform to be keep in her life as father figures. In the meantime, the love story that performs out between Donna and Sam makes viewers lust for a European fairy story of their very own.
A decade after the musical’s success, producer Judy Craymer gave followers a second movie full of extra ABBA tunes and mischief on the Greek isles. 2018’s Mamma Mia! Right here We Go Once more launched viewers to a younger Donna, performed by Lily James, and her three whirlwind romances.
Donna’s origin story additionally introduced Cher into the combination as her mom, Ruby Sheridan. Together with just a few newbies, the unique forged all appeared within the sequel, together with Donna’s grown-up BFFs Rosie (performed by Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski), who performed a giant half in each tales.
In August 2021, Craymer mirrored on the 2 hit motion pictures, which had been impressed by the Mamma Mia! musical that premiered on Broadway in 1999.
“Meryl was the primary selection [for Donna]. I’d seen her in a play … and I assumed, ‘Oh, my God, she’s good,’” the English filmmaker recalled throughout an interview with Day by day Mail+. “She jumped at it earlier than she learn the script as a result of she had seen the play in New York. I had referred to as her agent and requested him, which was probably not the protocol. He referred to as Meryl, considering she’d say no. She screamed on the telephone, ‘I’m Mamma Mia!’ She was so supportive.”
The producer defined that — regardless of rave critiques for the primary movie — “nothing ever strikes that quick” in Hollywood, so the sequel took 10 years to get on the massive display.
“It simply appeared pure and the proper time. Everybody wished to return collectively for it,” Craymer mentioned of the second film, noting that Streep not often — if ever — does sequels, however she agreed to return again. “I feel she missed us. It was only a massive social gathering, actually.”
Craymer additionally teased the potential for a 3rd blockbuster — and most of the movies’ stars have hinted at desirous to return to Greece one final time.
“I at all times assume wouldn’t or not it’s enjoyable simply to get again collectively on that Greek island and possibly movie all of us having dinner and telling the tales and singing all ABBA songs?” Baranski instructed Leisure Weekly in January 2022 when requested about reuniting for a potential Mamma Mia! 3. “After which simply have it filmed as a terrific night time out.”
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