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4 Shocking Surprises From New 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Trailer

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Meryl Streep reprises her role as Donna for the MAMMA MIA! sequel, or does she? That and three other surprises hit you over the head in the new trailer to MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN.

Part Prequel

The MAMMA MIA! sequel is part prequel with flashbacks to Donna’s amorous adventures with Harry (Colin Firth), Sam (Pierce Brosnan) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) as told by Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski).

As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna.  Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful).  Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).

Lily James Sings

Lily James is playing the younger version of Donna, and the “Downton Abbey” actress gets to belt out ABBA tunes in the musical. Before today’s trailer release, her role was kept under wraps, but now we know the English actress is playing a younger version of Meryl Streep’s Donna. Those are some hard shoes to fill.

No New Footage of Meryl Streep

Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski are back again on the island for some kind of reunion. Sophie announces she’s pregnant, but she confides in Donna’s best friends she’s scared to do it alone. They proceed to tell her about how she did it with her.

When Meryl Streep does appear on screen, it seems to be footage from the first movie. This has the internet on high alert because we can assume she’s past away. What other occasion  would they be celebrating? Sophie tells her 3 dads not to spread the news about her pregnancy. So why is everyone on the island - a funeral?

Cher Appearance

In a surprise twist at the end of the trailer, a blonde Cher arrives and Sophie calls her “grandma.” If she doesn’t sing in this movie, there will be hell to pay but why else bring her along.

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN is in theaters July 20, 2018, but fans may not be willing to get answers about Donna’s fate until then.

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