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'Mamma Mia!' film sequel gets July 2018 release date

20 May 2017

Mamma Mia is getting a surprise sequel that is due to be released in theaters next year, Universal has announced.

Universal Pictures said Friday that "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!" will see the return of the film's original cast and feature a soundtrack of ABBA songs not included in the first.

Timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the original film's release, the Mamma Mia sequel promises to return audiences to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi.

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And, if you were anxious about the sequel repeating some of ABBAs iconic hits, those producing the film have promised to build a whole new soundtrack from the extensive number of ABBA hits.

But the appeal of a new Mamma Mia! story will surely be irresistible to movie-goers next year. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers. It starred Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan.

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What we do know for sure, however, is that the old-school tunes will be back.

Though no official casting announcements have been made, it's likely that most (perhaps even all) of the original members will be back again for the sequel.

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'Mamma Mia!' film sequel gets July 2018 release date