Downton Abbey's Lily James to star in Mamma Mia! sequel

Downton Abbey's Lily James to star in Mamma Mia! sequel

Downton Abbey's Lily James to star in Mamma Mia! sequel

A number of the stars of the first film, including Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, are expected to return along with a new character played by Lily James who is now the star of the surprise hit Baby Driver. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.

While Streep will be reprising her role as Donna in the movie, James will play a younger Donna at certain parts.

Lily James has found her follow-up to "Baby Driver". According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will narratively shift back and forth in time to reveal the depth of various relationships.

Obviously, playing the same role as Meryl Streep is incredibly daunting, but the actress that's been cast seems like a flawless fit.

Apparently, the new sequel will be partly set in the present-day, with Meryl Streep playing Donna, and partly set in the past, with Lily James playing Donna in flashbacks.

My, my, how could we resist a Mamma Mia sequel!?

Baranski starred as Diane Lockhart for seven seasons on "The Good Wife" and is now reprising her role in the CBS All Access spinoff "The Good Fight". She also starred as Lady Rose MacClare in Downton Abbey. You can also see James in this year's likely awards contender Darkest Hour - a biopic about Winston Churchill starring Gary Oldman.

The first film, which raked in a massive $609.8M (£467.7 M) is based on a stage musical about a bride-to-be looking for her real father all while performing ABBA's greatest hits including Voulez-Vous, Dancing Queen, and the titular Mamma Mia.

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