‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Just Found Its Young Meryl Streep

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! is set to arrive July 20, 2018, a decade after the original musical’s theatrical run. Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep among others will reprise their roles for the sequel. A new cast member has just joined the roster.

Producers have cast Cinderella actress Lily James to play the younger version of Streep‘s character Donna. James will appear in a series of flashbacks, showing how Donna’s relationships with her future daughter’s potential fathers began.

James’ previous acting credits include Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Baby Driver currently in theaters. She previously showed off her voice with “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” featured on the Cinderella soundtrack.

While the feature film adaptation earned mixed reviews, it did boffo box office business. It earned an estimated $600 million worldwide, almost 12 times its budget. Mamma Mia was based on the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name. The sequel will be written and directed by British filmmaker Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and will feature ABBA songs not included in the original film, along with some reprised favorites.

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