Downton Abbey‘s Lily James proved she can sing in Baby Driver and Cinderella, but her vocal cords are about to be seriously put to the test by her new role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s been cast in the upcoming sequel to 2008’s musical smash hit Mamma Mia, which famously used the Swedish band ABBA’s hits to tell the story of what amounted to a lengthy and overdue paternity test.
You know, it’s that classic story of boy (Dominic Cooper) meets girl (Amanda Seyfried), who, before they can marry, need to find out whether Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, and Stellan Skarsgård was the guy who impregnated the mother (Meryl Streep) of the bride-to-be. Classic.
The new movie (titled Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!) picks up where the original left off, jumping back and forth in time to examine how “relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.”
Lily will play “the young Donna,” a younger version of the character played by the marvelous Meryl, who’ll also be returning, along with her fellow original cast members Pierce, Amanda, Colin and Christine Baranski.
They’ll be cracking out ABBA tunes to the backdrop of an idyllic Greek island once again, with songs from Benny and Bjorn’s back catalog not featured in the first film.
So, can we expect Lily, aka Lady Rose, to provide an earnest rendition of “Gonna Sing You My Love Song”? Will there be an all-cast dance routine to “Bang-a-Boomerang”? Or a literal interpretation of “Put on Your White Sombrero”?
We’ll have to wait until July 20, 2018 to find out, when Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! hits theaters.
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