The “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” trailer is here in all of its sun-drenched, disco-fabulous glory, and fans have a lot of questions.
From the looks of the new clip, which dropped early Thursday, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is both a sequel and a prequel to 2008′s “Mamma Mia!,” which grossed over $600 million worldwide.
Picking up where the original left off, the movie sees a now-pregnant Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried) reunited with her trio of possible dads (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård) on a Greek island where her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), has been running an inn. As Sophie contemplates impending motherhood, she discovers more about her own mother’s youth through surrogate aunts Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters), as seen in a series of flashbacks (the younger Donna is played by Lily James).
We also catch a glimpse of a radiant-looking Cher, who plays Sophie’s grandmother in her first big screen appearance since 2010. To top it off, the movie will once again boast an infectious ABBA soundtrack, with the original film’s iconic centerpiece, “Dancing Queen,” getting a reprise.
Still, much of the early buzz on the film has focused on who doesn’t appear ― much, anyway ― in the trailer. Aside from a few dreamy-looking shots, Streep is curiously absent and referenced only in the past tense, leaving fans (and a number of media outlets) to speculate on Donna’s fate.
Many believe the three-time Oscar winner’s character may have been killed off.
Some were more optimistic, hoping that the film’s creative team is merely keeping Donna under wraps for surprise effect.
For her part, Seyfried says the new movie is “extraordinary.”
“Truthfully, when they were like, ‘We’re making ‘Mamma Mia 2,’ I was like, ‘That’s going to be terrible,’” the actress told Entertainment Weekly. “But it’s not! It’s amazing.”
“I actually had a better time than I did shooting the first movie. Everybody’s back together and it’s been 10 years,” she added. “There’s so much love and so much family that it’s infused 100 times in this movie.”
We can only assume that when Seyfriend says “everybody,” that includes Streep, too. But we’ll have to wait until July 2018 when “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” hits theaters to find out for sure.