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Hopefully you've got a pair of platform boots at the ready, because the Mamma Mia sequel is on the way! Ten years after 2008's Mamma Mia! The Movie sang its way into theaters and charmed fans, a sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, will grace us with its presence next Summer. While most of the main cast is returning - Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski - Baby Driver's Lily James has come on board to play a younger version of Streep's character, Donna. The Ol Parker-directed sequel will shift back and forth in time on the beautiful Greek island of Kalokairi, which we recently got a glimpse of thanks to some adorable behind-the-scenes photos. James posted a few cute snaps on board a boat (in which she's rocking a butterfly necklace and other Donna-approved accessories), while costars »
- Quinn Keaney
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” easily topped social media buzz last week with 57,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service.
The studio released a new poster on Aug. 24, and a new clips of Thor’s fight with Hulk on Aug. 26 — released on the same day as Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The tentpole has now generated more than 850,000 new conversations and is scheduled for release on Nov. 3.
Thor vs. Hulk. You ready? #ThorRagnarok pic.twitter.com/jge74UrVpX
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 27, 2017
“Thor: Ragnarok” led social media buzz for three straight weeks from mid-July to early August. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” helmer Taika Waititi directed the third standalone “Thor” movie, which stars Chris Hemsworth. Co-stars are Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, and Anthony Hopkins.
Universal’s “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” generated nearly 40,000 new conversations last week in the wake of the »
- Dave McNary
It's happening again! Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of Abba. With the film's original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.
Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Parker. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers. »
Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski are returning with Ol Parker writing and directing. Keenan Wynn will play the younger version of Baranksi’s character, Tanya. The film moves back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.
The movie begins shooting in September in locations including the U.K. and Croatia. Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will re-team for the sequel. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the stage musical.
The original 2008 movie was a surprise blockbuster, grossing »
- Dave McNary
Bryce Dallas Howard is stepping behind the camera again. The Golden Globe-nominated actress has signed on to make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel “Sorta Like a Rock Star,” Variety reports. The “Jurassic World” star has previously helmed a number of shorts.
Published in 2010, the book follows Amber Appleston, a high school senior and a self-professed “princess of hope” who secretly lives in Hello Yellow, the school bus her mom drives. Ol Parker (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) penned the script.
“The film is currently in early development and without a distributor,” the source writes, but if it moves forward, Howard will be on board to direct.
“I think that in a way — and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is an incredible example of this — people are seeing that there is a kind of lower tolerance for vapid, meaningless, only functional female characters,” Howard has said. “We want the real world and the realities of the real world reflected in movies that we see, and audiences are not tolerating anything other than that. I think it’s a good time to be a woman in this business and people are more outspoken. I have a lot of respect for the women that have been more outspoken and have had courage in that regard,” she explained.
“Solemates,” “When You Find Me,” and “Orchids” are among the shorts Howard has helmed. Her acting credits include “The Help,” the “Twilight” franchise, and “Terminator Salvation.” She received a Golden Globe nod in 2008 for her role in “As You Like It,” a TV movie inspired by William Shakespeare’s play.
Bryce Dallas Howard to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Sorta Like a Rock Star” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Bryce Dallas Howard is set to follow in her father Ron Howard’s footsteps by stepping behind the camera, with Variety reporting that the actress is attached to make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s 2010 novel Sorta Like a Rock Star.
The story revolves around “an optimistic high school student, Amber Appleton, who secretly lives in her mom’s school bus during her senior year after an altercation at home.” The project was originally set up at Fox Searchlight, but is currently without a distributor. It does have a script however, from Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).
- Gary Collinson
Howard has directed a handful of short films as well as an M-80 music video starring Lily Collins but this would mark her full-length debut.
The film is currently in early development and without a distributor but sources say if the film moves forward she would direct. »
- Justin Kroll
Today, in setting yourself up for a needlessly difficult series of comparisons: Baby Driver star Lily James has signed on for the Mamma Mia! sequel, Here We Go Again, where she’ll play a younger version of Meryl Streep. Per Deadline, James has been cast as “Young Donna,” the earlier version of Streep’s worldly chanteuse, as she gets into various romantic scrapes with whoever’s stuck playing the younger versions of Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.
Here We Go Again has already confirmed that much of the original movie’s cast—including Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski—will return for the sequel, while Ol Parker, who helmed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is set to direct. The new film is expected to extend this unlikely franchise’s dive into Abba’s musical catalog, while also bringing back some of the first film’s biggest hits. »
- William Hughes
Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried are returning with Ol Parker writing and directing. James will play “Young Donna.” The film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.
Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will re-team for the sequel. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the stage musical. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.
Universal’s Senior VP of production Kristen Lowe and Creative Executive Lexi Barta will oversee production for the studio.
James, who is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood, had been weighing a handful of big studio tentpoles over the »
- Justin Kroll
Christine Baranski has officially signed on to reprise her role as Tanya in Universal’s Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, the forthcoming sequel to the 2008 Abba-themed romance musical Mamma Mia, starring Meryl Streep. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel scribe Ol Parker wrote the screenplay and will direct the film, which is slotted for a theatrical release July 20, 2018. Amanda Seyfried is also confirmed for the second installment with, Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan… »
11 July 2017 11:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Cinderella is heading to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi.
Baby Driver star Lily James has signed on to star in Universal's sequel to Mamma Mia, the 2008 adaptation of the stage musical based on Abba songs that was one of the biggest hits in studio history, grossing more than $600 million worldwide.
- Rebecca Ford
Ten years after 2008's Mamma Mia! The Movie sang its way into theaters and raked in millions at the box office, a sequel - Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! - will grace us with its presence. According to Deadline, original cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, and Christine Baranski are all slated to return to belt out more Abba hits (Dominic Cooper, where you at?), and will be joined by a few new faces. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel alum Ol Parker is pulling double duty as writer and director and will be centering the story once again on the Greek island of Kalokairi. The movie is expected to drop on July 20, 2018 (which happens to be 10 years and two days after the first Mamma Mia! film opened), so you have plenty of time to brush up on your Abba repertoire. »
- Quinn Keaney
While chatting with Oprah Winfrey for Variety's "Actors on Actors" series, the 44-year-old actress, who portrays Maeve on the HBO series, compares getting naked for TV to giving birth to a child.
Watch: 'Westworld' Finale: [Spoiler] Is Wyatt, Maeve Attempts Her Escape and Ford's New Narrative Is Finally Revealed
"You know what it felt like? It felt like having that fourth baby because it was a moment of such intense self-affirmation, not for me, Thandie, but female power," she explains. "I hadn't felt like that before. And it's ironic that I was standing there stark naked for a lot of it because I felt more in control than I've ever done because I said yes to this."
"I said, 'Yes, I will stand here with nothing on and I will speak these words,'" she continues »
Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!”The spritely tunes of Abba are about to get a 2018 big-screen encore. “Mamma Mia 2” is underway with preproduction already in full swing on the movie musical. The 2008 film project that featured Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Amanda Seyfried followed a bride-to-be on her quest to find out which of her mother’s many lovers is her real father—before she gets hitched. While plot specifics are unknown, Seyfried, Streep, and Brosnan have all confirmed they’ll star in the musical world once again. Kathleen Chopin is on board to gather additional actors for the project. Production on the Ol Parker–directed film will start toward the end of July, and will take place in both the United Kingdom and Croatia. »
“Mamma Mia!”: Universal
Universal has realized it could never let go of “Mamma Mia!” Variety reports that a sequel for the 2008 musical hit is officially in the works. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” will hit theaters July 20, 2018.
Plot details for the sequel haven’t been confirmed yet, but “Universal has been bouncing around ideas for years on how to proceed with the box office smash,” the source writes. One possible direction “could focus on Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan characters years before the original takes place.”
Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, the original “Mamma Mia!” takes place during the days before Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) wedding. Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna (Streep), Sophie has invited three of Donna’s exes to the ceremony (Brosnan, Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård) in the hopes of finding out which of them is her father. All of the musicals songs are Abba hits, such as “Take a Chance On Me,” “Our Last Summer,” and of course, “Mamma Mia.” Phyllida Lloyd directed from a script by Catherine Johnson.
Unfortunately, neither Lloyd or Johnson are involved in the sequel. Ol Parker, the writer-director of “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films, will be helming “Here We Go Again!” It’s possible that neither Lloyd nor Johnson were interested in the project, but we still wish Universal had hired a female writing-directing team for the film. The original “Mamma Mia!” raked in about $610 million globally on a budget of $52 million, so the “movies directed by women aren’t profitable” line definitely isn’t applicable here. It begs the question: What is the excuse for excluding women behind the scenes this time?
While we don’t know much about the plot of “Here We Go Again!” Variety confirms that Abba songs feature prominently in the sequel. Songs not featured in the original will be included, as will “some reprised favorites.” The original’s producers, Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone Pictures’ Gary Goetzman, are attached to the sequel, and Abba members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will again serve as EPs.
“Mamma Mia!” Sequel Announced was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Author: Zehra Phelan
Oh, Mamma Mia!!!!!! The Abba-based musical Mamma Mia is all set for a return to our big screens next year as Universal Pictures announced a sequel to the 2008 romantic comedy which saw the legendary Meryl Streep dance and sings her way around on Greek soil whilst secretly lusting after an old flame.
The Mamma Mia sequel is scheduled for a July 2018 release, a release which marks the ten year anniversary since Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skasgard, Dominic Cooper and Julia Waters came together in an ensemble cast in a story which saw an independent hotelier, Donna (Streep) in the Greek islands prepare for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile, Sophie, the spirited bride, had a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope »
- Zehra Phelan
Simon Brew Jul 13, 2017
The last piece of fresh casting news we had for the soon-to-shoot Mamma Mia sequel was when we learned that Amanda Seyfried would be back to play Sophie in the new movie. Now, though, we have one new addition, and another returnee.
Christine Baranski is the very welcome returnee, and she'll be reprising the role of Tanya. Lily James, meanwhile, is set to play a younger version of Meryl Streep's character from the original film, with part of the new movie using flashbacks.
The plot remains pretty unknown thus far, but as we find things out, we'll let you know.
From May 2017
Universal Pictures is finally moving forward on a Mamma Mia sequel, which will be called Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. The studio has brought on Ol Paker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) to write and direct this musical sequel. Original cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski will all return. Littlestar's Judy Craymer and Playtone's Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will return as producers for the sequel, which will hit theaters next summer.
Variety reports that Universal has set a July 20, 2018 release date, which as of now will put this musical sequel up against 20th Century Fox's sci-fi action thriller Alita: Battle Angel, and an untitled DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation production. The site reports that Universal has been kicking around ideas for how to make a follow-up work for years, with »
Universal plans to celebrates the 10th anniversary of the filmed adaptation of the play Mamma Mia! with a follow-up, titled Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, which will open on July 20, 2018. The original cast of the 2008 film is expected to return.
Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will write and direct the sequel. Joining him are the original film’s producers Judy Craymer and Goetzman. Craymer not only worked on the original film, but created and produced the hit Broadway play. Also returning are lyrical and music supervisors Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeu, acting as executive producers as well.
Mamma Mia! is known for featuring many songs by the famous band Abba and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will continue that by featuring Abba songs not used in the original as well as some returning classics.
- Ricky Church
Good news for Abba fans who can’t get enough of love triangles, big musical numbers, and sugar-dense sweetness: Universal has just placed a sequel to Mamma Mia! onto its 2018 film schedule. Subtitled, with a somewhat appropriate weariness, Here We Go Again!, the film will be written and directed by Ol Parker, who penned the screenplay for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
It’s not clear how Universal intends to follow on from the original, which saw big-name stars like Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth beg each other to take a chance on them, all against the backdrop of Streep’s daughter’s wedding. One possible direction being flouted is a prequel, tracing the paths of the older characters back in the ’70s, although anything that minimizes Streep’s presence seems like a misstep, given that she was the most successful part of the 2008 original.
- William Hughes
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