If there's one trend that is dictating how TV and film is produced, it's nostalgia. With nostalgic projects proving to be both popular and profitable, it seems like just about every franchise or project could return for a long awaited sequel or revival. Case in point: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which will continue the narrative of the 2008 film, with the original cast returning to reprise their roles. Much of the plot of the sequel has been a mystery, but the very first trailer for Here We Go Again has just hit, with plenty of ABBA classics in tow. Check it out.
Despite using the same songs, it looks like Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is going to be quite different from the original. But since they're using basically the same catalogue of songs, it makes sense that the story would be a bit more ambitious than its score.
As the trailer revealed, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will be split across two different timelines. In the present day, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is pregnant, and still hasn't gotten around to marrying her fiancee Sky. On the precipice of a major change and transition into adulthood without a husband, Sophie once again turns to her mother Donna's diaries to help her navigate her own feelings. This causes the film to change time periods, and begin focusing on a young Donna, her lovers, and her friends.
The young Donna timeline seems to play a major factor into Here We Go Again, if the trailer is to be believed. The early timeline makes up about half of the trailer, leading many to wonder if the film will be evenly split as well. While this will no doubt be disappointing for the hardcore fans of the original, splitting the film would be a creative way to include the all-star cast without forcing them to commit to a long production schedule. It's no doubt this reason how they managed to accrue all of the original cast members.
Speaking of the cast, there is one particular star who is barely in the trailer at all: Meryl Streep. Streep played Donna with ferocity and joy in the first film, the lead character in Mamma Mia and the Broadway musical of the same name. But Meryl didn't get a single line in the sequel's trailer, and some footage of her from the first movie was recycled. There were a few shots of Donna singing with her friends in a fancy white coat, but other than that the trailer certainly makes it seem like Streep won't be especially featured in the sequel. And I can't imagine that choice would be well received, if it's to be believed.
But while Meryl Streep if noticeably absent, another legend makes an appearance: Cher. Cher's inclusion in the sequel was announced a few months ago, with her role largely a mystery. But now we know who she'll be playing: Donna's mother and Sophie's grandmother Ruby. It would stand to reason that we'll also get a younger version of Ruby in the flashback timeline, and hopefully means the legend will be belting out a few tunes throughout the film's runtime.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will arrive in theaters on July 20, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.