- Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried are open to reprising their roles in a potential Mamma Mia! 3, but it may come down to whether Universal wants to pay the money.
- The absence of Streep in the sequel didn’t affect its success, as both movies received good ratings and audience scores.
- The cast members, including Stellan Skarsgård and Streep, jokingly discuss the possibility of a third film, even though they anticipate it may be several years away.
Donna Sheridan’s death isn’t going to stop Mamma Mia! Even though Meryl Streep’s character, Donna, was killed off in the sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, that didn’t detour the A-list actress from making a cameo in the ABBA-inspired musical. Meanwhile, Donna’s daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is very much alive and kicking. And Streep and Seyfried are down to make Mamma Mia 3! Both actresses discussed the possibility of reprising their respective roles in an oral history of Mamma Mia! complete with interviews that were conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike. Streep said (per Vogue):
“I’m up for anything. I’ll have to schedule a knee scoping before we film, but if there’s an idea that excites me, I’m totally there. I told Judy [Craymer] if she could figure out a way to reincarnate Donna, I’m into that. Or it could be like in one of those soap operas where Donna comes back and reveals it was really her twin sister that died.”
Seyfried said during the same interview:
“I dare you to show me one person who doesn’t want a third Mamma Mia! Nobody is saying no, but nobody is saying yes either. The powers that be probably can’t afford us to be honest. I hate to say it, because would I do Mamma Mia 3 for free — of course I would — but that’s not the business we’re in. What’s fair is fair, and I feel like a third film is gonna come down to something stupid like whether or not Universal wants to pay the money.”
Mamma Mia 3 Is a Real Possibility
The crux of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again centers on the past before Donna becomes the character fans all know and love in the original film. In the sequel, Lily James portrays the younger version of Donna. And Meryl Streep finally shows up as a ghostly presence at the christening for Sophie (Seyfried) and Sky’s (Dominic Cooper) son — at the film’s conclusion. Cooper is also game to return for a third installment, and he said in the same interview:
“I text Judy [Craymer] every other day, ‘Number three when?’ I know we’re all dying to do it, and Meryl was definitely bummed about not being in much of the second one. She understood that was where the story goes, but I remember her saying, ‘Well, I didn’t wanna be dead.’”
Producer Judy Craymer shed a little more light on the reason why Streep didn’t appear in the sequel to Mamma Mia! during the oral history. The almost total absence of Streep obviously didn’t have that much of an effect on the follow-up, in terms of ratings. Both movies received “A-” CinemaScores. And the critics actually preferred the sequel (79% Tomatometer rating) to the original (55%). Craymer said during the interview:
“I was chastised on social media for killing off Meryl, but I promise I didn’t do it on purpose! She was hesitant about doing another film because she doesn’t typically do sequels. But I know she loved coming back to film her scenes for Here We Go Again! She felt the love around her and the joy of reuniting with those people, so I think that made her more open to the prospect of a third.”
Stellan Skarsgård plays Bill Anderson, one of the three men who could potentially be Sophie’s biological father. The actor appears in both films of the duology. And in typical Skarsgård fashion, that wonderful sense of humor of his comes shining through when the thespian addresses the possibility of appearing in yet another sequel. Skarsgård said:
“I will be in an urn by the time there’s a script for Mamma Mia 3, but I will gladly participate as a pile of ashes.”
Following the same sentiment, Streep added:
“We may have to call it ‘Grand-Mamma Mia!’ by the time we make it!”
Streep most recently appeared in season three of Hulu’s dramedy Only Murders in the Building as Loretta Durkin, while Seyfried starred as Rya Goodwin on the Apple TV+ miniseries, The Crowded Room. For those who haven’t seen the movie version of Mamma Mia! or its sequel, check out the original film’s trailer below to get a sense of the musical: