The 'Cinderella' star has been tapped to play 'Young Donna', a younger version of Meryl Streep's alter-ego Donna Sheridan in the 2008 musical.
"Mamma Mia!" sequel "Here We Go Again!" has added Lily James to its cast ensemble. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the "Cinderella" star will take on the role of "Young Donna", a younger version of Meryl Streep's alter-ego Donna Sheridan in the 2008 musical.
The highly-anticipated sequel is said to go back and forth in time to see how previous relationships have changed, but story details are yet available. The first movie followed a bride-to-be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) trying to find her real father so that he could walk her down the aisle on her big day, but she received a shock after discovering there were three potential men who could be her biological dad.
It's possible that the sequel may explore how Sophie's mother Donna met the three men, Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Harry Bright (Colin Firth) and Bill Anderson (Stellan Skarsgard), in the years before the original story took place.
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" scribe Ol Parker is on board to pen the script and direct the sequel, which is set to be released in theaters across the nation on July 20, 2018. The movie will feature more ABBA songs that weren't included in the 2008 film.
Seyfried has been confirmed to return as Sophie. Brosnan recently confirmed he would be reprising his role as Sam Carmichael. He told USA Today that he would be singing again. "I'm singing - believe me, I'm singing. I have to sing. I don't care what they say. I love to sing," he said. "People don't necessarily employ me for my singing. But I chose to sing."
"I'm looking forward to it enormously," continued the actor. "It was criminal how much fun we had the first time. I think the world is ready for 'Mamma Mia 2' and I believe the world is ready to hear me sing once more. He says that tongue firmly in cheek. Maybe that was my problem, my tongue was firmly in my cheek when I was singing."