As if fans weren't already counting down the days until the movie's release, a new Mamma Mia 2 trailer has arrived to amp up anticipation. Sure, it's already been 10 years since the original, but after such a long wait, six more months can feel like an eternity, and the new teaser isn't helping to stave off eager viewers.
The musical sequel returns to the Greek oasis of Kalokairi, where bride-to-be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) once dreamed of tracking down her father. Instead, she got three: British banker Harry Bright (Colin Firth), Swedish sailor-slash-writer Bill Anderson (Stellan Skarsgard), and Irish-American architect Sam Carmichael (Pierce Brosnan), who ultimately marries her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep). They collectively decided not to find out Sophie's paternity, with all three men agreeing to co-parent Sophie. Firth, Skarsgard, and Brosnan are all set to return for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (producer: Judy Craymer).
In the upcoming film, Sophie is pregnant, but for some reason, her mom isn't around, prompting some to speculate that Donna has since died. Streep has been confirmed to appear in the movie, but was suspiciously absent from the first trailer, and while she is present in the second, it doesn't offer many answers about her whereabouts. She's still largely M.I.A. from present-day scenes, including major moments like welcoming the three prospective granddads (including her supposed-to-be husband), greeting her own mother, Ruby (Cher), and generally celebrating her daughter's pregnancy. All of which leaves Sophie nervous about having a baby without her mom by her side.
So, with the guidance of Donna's friends, Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski), Sophie reflects on how her mom faced the challenge of being a single mother all those years ago. Mamma Mia 2 flashes back to when a young Donna (Baby Driver's Lily James) met and fell in love with Sam, Harry, and Bill, played by Jeremy Irvine (Stonewall), Hugh Skinner (Poldark, Harlots), and Josh Dylan (Allied), respectively.
But as much as the sequel is a love letter to the past, it's also about Sophie finding strength in the present, and growing closer to her mom because of it — whether or not she's there to see it happen. "I've never felt closer to my mother," Sophie says in the trailer. "She wasn't scared. She could do it because she wasn't alone. She had me."
And that's a story fans are itching to see.
This Person Was Nearly Speechless
When words aren't enough, try an Abba song.
While This One Set The Bar High
Those are big shoes to fill, but this fan is confident Mamma Mia 2 can make it happen.
Some Praised Its Timelessness
Could this be the start of a franchise?
Others Were Geeked About Cher
"I had absolutely 0 interest in Mamma Mia 2 until I found out Cher is in it. Now I'm hype as f*ck," tweeted another user.
And These Fans Got Emotional
They just have a lot of feelings, OK?
But Mostly, People Were Just Really, Really Excited
For a movie that came out a decade ago, that's some impressive staying power.
Like... Really Excited
Now that's commitment.
The original Mamma Mia raked in $609 million at the worldwide box office, and despite mixed reviews, has managed to keep a rabid and dedicated fan base intact. With the entire cast returning, plus some exciting new faces (and one very high-profile one... looking at you, Cher), it should be on track to match that success the second time around, so long as it still includes plenty of Donna.
Judging by the reaction thus far, it's gonna be a loooong stretch until Mama Mia 2 hits theaters in July.