Universal Sets Mamma Mia Sequel Director & July 2018 Release Date

Mamma Mia Cast

Universal sets a summer 2018 release date for the Mamma Mia sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! and taps director Ol Parker. Mamma Mia, the Broadway show-turned Hollywood musical, turns 10 next year. The movie, set to Abba's greatest hits, is a rom-com with a twist starring Amanda Seyfried. Seyfried appears as blushing bride-to-be Sophie, whose quirky mother (Meryl Streep) doesn't know that she's invited her father to her wedding to walk her down the aisle. That is, she's invited all three men that could be her father, and nobody knows which one it is.

As well as being a whole lot of sing-along fun, Mamma Mia bucks the rom-com stereotypes in a few different ways. For one, it features several "older" women who are so much more than just wives and mothers, and who aren't afraid to have some fun. In addition, the end comes with a surprise twist: Sophie and her groom decide that they are too young to get married, and their big Greek wedding is called off so they can travel the world. All in all, it's a musical that's about fun - and now Universal has announced that the fun will continue with a sequel.

Universal Pictures has officially announced a follow up movie, titled Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. The film will be produced by Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, with Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus also returning as executive producers. The sequel will be written and directed by Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). The original cast is expected to return, along with some new faces, and the film is set for release on July 20th, 2018.

Meryl Streep Musical number in Mamma Mia

Of the original cast, it's likely that Streep will be returning as Donna, alongside Seyfried as her daughter, Sophie. It's difficult to imagine a sequel without the core mother/daughter dynamic, but beyond that, returning cast members have not yet been confirmed. Donna's friends Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski) would also be great to see return, and as Donna and Sam (Pierce Brosnan) married at the end of the original, Brosnan will also presumably be back. The other two potential fathers, Harry (Colin Firth) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgård) round out the key players in the original film.

There are lots of possibilities for a sequel in terms of plot, so without any details being released, it's difficult to know where Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again will start. Sophie may be back on the island to get married a second time (and actually go through with it!), whether with her original fiancee or someone new. Someone else could be getting married, or Donna and Sam could even be renewing their vows. The film could also finally reveal who is Sophie's biological father - and perhaps it's an entirely new character! At the moment, all that has been confirmed is the team behind the project and the release date, but we will keep you updated as more information comes to light.

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again will hit theaters July 20, 2018

Source: Universal

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