Mamma Mia! 2 on Netflix: why was Meryl Streep reluctant for this sequel?

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[Attention ! Cet article contient des spoilers.] Meryl Streep is very little present in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”, continuation of the adaptation of the musical featuring the most famous titles of the group ABBA. By agreeing to resume the role of Donna, the actress would have given up a rule of her career according to the producer of the film. WARNING ! This article contains spoilers!

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again : sunny reunion

Ten years after the release of the first part, Donna, Sophie, Tanya, Rosie and all the others make their comeback in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. In this second opus where the ABBA hits resound again, the young heroine played by Amanda Seyfried is physically separated from her companion Sky (Dominic Cooper).

While in training in New York, Sophie is on the island of Kalokairi in Greece, so dear to her mother Donna (Meryl Streep), and plans the inauguration of the Bella Donna hotel. As preparations progress and anguish mounts, memories resurface.

How did Donna meet Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Harry (Colin Firth) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgård)? How did her friends Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters) also fall in love with this heavenly place? In addition to showcasing important new characters played by Cher and Andy Garcia, this sequel to Mamma Mia! therefore propose a spirited leap into the past and in a good mood.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again © Universal Pictures

Lily James lends her features to the young Donna, traveler brimming with energy and balanced between several sentimental stories sometimes complicated … Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner and Josh Dylan complete the cast which has a lot of fun . Ol Parker (Now is good) succeeds Phyllida Lloyd (Iron Woman) to the realization.

A flash of Meryl Streep

When the film comes out in 2018, fans of the first installment are amazed the short time presence of Meryl Streep on the screen. Some clearly express their disappointment, expecting to see more of the actress who nevertheless appears on most of the promotional elements of the feature film.

While Lily James does most of the show, the three Oscar winner only appears in the conclusion. The spectators also learn from the first minutes that his character died a year before the start of the story. The star wraps her two scenes, including the final number, in just a week of filming. Blame it on a busy schedule, since it is also on the bill of Pentagon Papers and Mary Poppins Returns a few months apart, but not only.

” I’ve already done it “

According to producer Judy Craymer, Meryl Streep isn’t originally particularly keen on a sequel to Mamma Mia!. If the actress is reluctant, it is becauseshe has never performed the same role twice, as underlined IndieWire.

What convinces the actress to finally participate in the film is the fact that it takes the form of a prequel, at least for the whole part centered on Donna. Asked by Deadline, Judy Craymer explains about this:

She loved the idea of ​​a prequel because she loved the idea of ​​making room for young people. Meryl Streep doesn’t do sequels. She never told us that, but she wanted to be a part of it without playing the most important role. To be honest, she said, ‘I’m not going to sing nine songs, run up the hill, do my Melody of Happiness. I’ve already done it’.

Anxious not to redo the same service but still attached to Mamma Mia!, the star has nevertheless agreed to push (a little) the song.

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