So, they released the first trailer for the sequel to the hit film MAMMA MIA!, the very popular screen version of the ABBA jukebox Broadway musical which naturally features the 1970s Swedish pop band’s greatest hits. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!” features the entire cast returning (though, spoiler alert: it looks like Meryl Streep is just kinda/sorta in it….) and ABBA’s B-catalogue (since they used all the huge hits in the first film).
This go around, Sophie, the daughter in the first film who drives the plot of the first film when she plans her wedding on the Greek Island where she was raised by her single mom (played by Meryl Streep) and unbeknownst to her mom, invites the 3 men she thinks might be her dad. Of course, chaos ensues. In the second film, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried reprising her role from the first film) is pregnant and the whole gang from the first filmr (her fiance that she didn’t marry; her three potential dads; her mom’s two best friends) all gather to help her and reminisce about the ‘good old days’ which means that a big chunk of the film is a flashback to the summer when Sophie was conceived and all the old characters in the film were young and sweet.
The big shocker in the trailer is the presence of CHER who arrives by chopper to the Greek Island and the revelation that she is, apparently, Sophie’s Grandma and Meryl Streep’s MOM!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!
Let’s let that sink in…Cher is playing Meryl Streep’s mother in a film.
Meryl Streep is 68.
Cher is 71.
The weirdest parent/child casting in a film since Lorne Greene played Ava Gardner’s dad in “Earthquake”. Or, Angela Lansbury playing Laurence Harvey’s mom in “The Manchurian Candidate”…
Almost as ludicrous as Denise Richards being cast as a scientist in the Bond film, “The World is Not Enough”.
The Cher/Streep casting also raises the question: “Do They Have Scenes Together?”
We’re guessing not….I mean, we love Meryl but her playing a young mom in the first Mamma Mia! 10 years ago was pushing believability (Meryl was 58 and in reality the character should be mid 40s at best…) but trying to pass off Cher as Meryl’s mom with the two standing side by side each other seems….difficult to pull off, even with CGI technology.
Then again, as much as we j’adore ABBA tunes, we’re also a bit non-enthused about this movie. As stated before, they’ve used all the good songs the first time. They’re gonna pack the second movie with ABBA turds like “When I Kissed The Teacher” and “I’m a Marionette”?
Also, the trailer raises the question: “Why does Cher look like Lady Gaga?”
(She looks great! But, why is she channeling Gaga?)
To be revealed….
The film is due out July 20, 2018.
(Also: we are praying that Pierce Brosnan does NOT sing in this one….we’re still recovering from his vocals in the first film….)