Cher has been cast to appear in the sequel of the 2008 romantic musical movie Mamma Mia!. The Mamma Mia! sequel will be titled Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again and while it’s unclear what role she will play (and whether she’ll sing), the 71-year-old iconic diva will star alongside Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski, all of who appeared in the 2008 film.
Cher is said to have hinted at her appearance in the film through two tweets this last weekend: The first tweet featured a feather boa and a star-covered pair of high-heeled boots. The second tweet simply had the word “FERNANDO” with a thinking face emoji next to it.
The second tweet may refer to the song she’ll perform in the film.
— Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017
— Cher (@cher) October 16, 2017
The original Mamma Mia! was a jukebox musical, a musical that uses previously released songs as its score. It featured the music of beloved Swedish pop-group ABBA set to a story about a mother trying to figure out the biological father of her soon-to-be-wed daughter.
“Fernando” is the name of a 1980 ABBA song that didn’t appear in the 2008 film. It may appear in the Mamma Mia! sequel alongside other ABBA hits not featured in the first film.
The Mamma Mia! sequel is currently being filmed in the UK and Croatia and will supposedly use flashbacks to explore the romantic relationships of the titular mother from the first film. The sequel’s release date is set for July 20, 2018.
Though the original film received mixed reviews (critics praised Streep’s comedic acting and ravaged Pierce Brosnan’s singing), it still made $609.8 million at the box office and, until 2017, was the both the highest grossing movie musical and highest grossing film ever directed by a woman — it was dethroned by Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast musical and Wonder Woman, respectively.
Cher also confirmed via Twitter that she was in England at a sound stage rehearsing musical numbers with the cast. In a tweet, she wrote, “Just went through two dance numbers, everyone’s great.”
The sequel marks Cher’s first major film role since the 2010 musical Burlesque, though she also appeared in 1990 drama Mermaids, the 1987 supernatural drama The Witches of Eastwick and the 1988 romantic drama Moonstruck which snagged her a Best Actress Oscar.
In addition to the Momma Mia! sequel, Cher’s biographic stage musical is set to hit Broadway next year as well.
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