Casting for Mamma Mia sequel

Jeremy Irvine in his debut screen role in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Irvine has been cast as the young Sam in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, a role played in 2008’s Mamma Mia! by Pierce Brosnan.

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BY BILLY SUTER

WHAT does the star of War Horse have in common with a former James Bond? The answer is that they are one and the same… well, in a roundabout way.

Former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, played Sam, one of the former loves of Donna (Meryl Streep), in the hit 2008 film version of Mamma Mia!, and now young Jeremy Irvine, star of Steven Spielberg’s film of War Horse, is to portray Sam’s younger version in the movie’s sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!.

Lily James as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey. She will play the young Donna (Meryl Streep) in the Mamma Mia! sequel, due in July 2018.

Also newly announced to join the sequel’s cast is young Alexa Davies, who has been signed up to play the young  Rosie, a character played by Julie Walters in the first movie.

It has also been reported that the new film, which will flash between past and present on the Greek island of Kalokai, is being shot in Croatia.

It will return Meryl Streep to her role of matriarch Donna and have Lily James as the younger Donna. James was seen as Lady Rose in TV’s Downton Abbey, and also starred as the title character in the 2015 live-action Cinderella remake, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Christine Baranski is scheduled to return to the tale as Tanya, Amanda Seyfried as Sophie and Colin Firth as Harry, in a film that will also be built on Abba hits, although no plot information has been divulged yet.

The sequel is scheduled for release on July 20, 2018 – 10 years after the first movie, which has reportedly raked in some $600 million worldwide.


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