Have you seen Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! yet? The film is back with all its original star studded cast as well as some new faces who play younger versions of the main characters. The young version of Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep's role) is played by actress Lily James and Meryl has revealed the two are actually distantly related to one another.
Meryl was thrilled to find out that she and Lily are ninth cousins, three times removed, having descended from the two sons of Henry Howland in Cambridgeshire in 1634. According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, the Hollywood legend said: "I love it. Absolutely wonderful news to hear I am in any way related to this delightful person. What a kick to find we share jeans AND genes."
Meanwhile, Lily previously confessed that she was "overwhelmed" when she danced with Meryl on the set of the movie musical.
She said: "Everywhere you look there were these movie legends, and it was very overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that I danced with Meryl, which that's something that only happens in your wildest dreams. We were all wearing these ridiculous costumes, and there was fireworks, and there was smoke, and there was glitter. It was so mad."
And the 29-year-old actress found it "very daunting" taking on the role.
She added: "Obviously it was very daunting, and part of me thought, Oh God, I don't know if I can do this. But then I watched 'Mamma Mia!' and reminded myself I'm playing young Donna Sheridan, not a young Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep, who's one of the greatest actresses of all time, had created Donna Sheridan, and so therefore I had this whole world of inspiration, and character to draw on, and to try and bottle and capture and study that essence of what made Donna this fearless, ballsy, brilliant woman - try to pick a few characteristics, or expressions, or a physicality that would make the watcher hopefully believe that my version of Donna would grow into hers ... Getting into the overalls was probably the moment where I was like, Oh, my God. Meryl does this funny little leg pop (in the overalls), and she does this mad little dance. I watched it over and over and over."
Mamma Mia is back
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! has now finished filming. It’s been almost 10 years since the first film and we can’t wait to see what the sequel has to offer.
Mamma Mia 2 will see the return of all of the original cast, including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski and Dominic Cooper, as well as some fresh faces to play younger versions of the cast including Downton Abbey’s Lily James, Warhorse’s Jeremy Irvine and Poldark’s Hugh Skinner.
As well as all of those famous faces, it has been revealed that Cher will have a part in the new film!
The fantastic music of ABBA will obviously once again be the main focus of the film, but ABBA’s Benny has confirmed that some of the newer ABBA songs will be featured, including ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘I Wonder’ and ‘When I kissed the Teacher.’
The film is set to be released in cinemas summer 2018 and we can’t wait!
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