Mama Mia 2 Plot: Is Donna Sheridan Dead in the Trailer?

Mama Mia 2 Plot: Is Donna Sheridan Dead in the Trailer?

Predictably entitled Mamma Mia!

The new trailer for the Mamma Mia movie sequel has finally been released, nine years after the first film hit our screens.

In the upcoming installment, Amanda Seyfried's Sophie is pregnant and Meryl Streep's Donna has seemingly passed away, as indicated by her absence in the trailer (barring flashback scenes) as well as how her friends keep referring to her in the past tense. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® victor Colin Firth return to play Sophie's three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.

Oh, and as you might imagine, the trailer also features plenty of ABBA music.

James is joined by Alexa Davies as young Rosie and Jessica Keenan Wynn as young Tanya, as they portray the three close pals at a younger age. And it looks like the younger version of Streep's character is played by Lily James. We can't say. But Cher, who in real life is only three years older than Streep, is playing Sophie's grandmother - so anything is possible.

Ever since the movie stole the hearts of fans - of Abba, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan - there have been speculations about a sequel being made. "Let me tell you how she did it, all on her own", Donna's friend Rosie can be heard saying to Sophie.

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Despite the fact that it was so successful at the box office ($610 million on a $52 million budget), the original Mamma Mia! received mixed reviews from critics, particularly for the singing of some of the cast. According to US Magazine, some fans are interpreting that line as a troublesome sign about Donna's fate, saying, "why is she talking about her mother like she's not there?"

Streep, meanwhile, will be seen next year in Mary Poppins Returns as Topsy, and will soon be seen in the United Kingdom with Tom Hanks in The Post.

If you're looking to do any kind of box office prediction for 2018, it'd be wise not to leave the sequel to Mamma Mia! out.

RadioTimes notes that in one frame of the new trailer, Streep does appear.

While we get a few shots of modern-day Streep-and the official press release promises that, yes, the actress will be in the film-the trailer seems to suggest that those appearances are posthumous.

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