Everything you need to know about a potential Mamma Mia! 3 (2023)

Mamma Mia! 3 has still yet to be officially confirmed, but we shouldn't lose all hope just yet on a potential threequel.

In December 2022, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again writer-director Ol Parker reiterated that producer Judy Craymer "always plans for it to be a trilogy". "The first one made an enormous amount of money, and I think we made a fair amount too," he explained.

"I know that there is a hunger for a third, and I know that she has a plan. Wouldn't it be lovely?"

Back in July 2020, Craymer revealed she was close to saying I do, I do, I do, I do, I do to a third movie. "I was meant to have been getting on with that, in my head, during these months. But then I got hit with COVID fog," she recalled.

In May 2022, Amanda Seyfried disappointingly revealed that nobody was talking to her about Mamma Mia! 3, but she was still hopeful that they'll get to do it. Christine Baranski pretty much said the same in January 2022 as well.

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As for Lily James, who played the young Donna in the sequel, she's "desperate" for the third movie to happen.

So are we, Lily, so are we.

But while we wait for anything official, here's everything you need to know about a potential Mamma Mia! 3.

Mamma Mia 3 potential release date: When will Mamma Mia 3 be released?

Since the third movie hasn't been officially confirmed, we don't yet have a release date, but we can make some guesses.

The previous two movies came out in July, so it seems unlikely that they'd move away from that and also means we can probably rule out expecting to see the threequel in July 2023 – unless filming has been done in secret.

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It only took around a year between filming starting and the movie being released on the first two outings in the series. So if production does get started in 2023 on the third movie, we could see it in July 2024. Maybe.

For now though, we'll just have to wait to see if Mamma Mia! 3 even gets confirmed before getting too excited about a release.

Mamma Mia 3 cast: Who's coming back for Mamma Mia 3?

Should the third movie be confirmed, we don't imagine they'll struggle to get the cast back together, so expect to see all your favourites again.

Amanda Seyfried has changed her mind on whether a third movie will happen from "I don't f**king think so" to "beyond yes", even if she isn't convinced there are enough ABBA songs remaining to make it work.

That's not a no though if they manage to get a script that works for the third movie, so expect to see Seyfried return as Sophie Sheridan, along with the likes of Dominic Cooper as Sophie's husband Sky, Christine Baranski as Tanya and Julie Walters as Rosie.

Of course, what would a Mamma Mia! movie be without Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård as Sophie's three fathers Sam, Harry and Bill, respectively?

Brosnan seemed keen to return when asked about a potential third movie in October 2022: "I'm in, too. Sure. It's criminal how much fun you have on that movie. I think everybody would be in... I'm sure there's some plans."

However, given that the older version of Donna Sheridan (played by Meryl Streep) had died in the second movie, we're not expecting her to return for a third outing.

Having already witnessed Donna's past exploits, Lily James (who played the young Donna) could also be missing from a third movie as a result, but she might always be back in flashbacks.

In terms of Sophie's estranged grandmother and Donna's mother, Ruby Sheridan (Cher) was an effective replacement so we'd expect her to continue to fill that role. Even if Cher was playing the mum of Streep in a fairly major time slip for the actresses.

Still, don't rule out Streep entirely if she does fancy playing a part. A ghost version of Donna appeared to sing at the end of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at the christening of Sophie's daughter, so maybe Streep could continue to look down on and participate in events from the afterlife.

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Skarsgård, on the other hand, is all in if a threequel does go ahead. Speaking to Digital Spy, the actor, who plays Bill in the movies, revealed that he would join a third movie in a heartbeat: "I wouldn't have to read the script. If they call, I'll come."

Even his son, Alexander Skarsgård fancies a role in the third movie, saying he would "one hundred per cent" sign up for it, not to work with his father, but to work again with Meryl Streep.

Awkward.

Mamma Mia 3 songs: What ABBA songs will be in Mamma Mia 3?

To continue this franchise properly we're obviously going to need a reprise of 'Mamma Mia', what with it being in the title and all.

There are also a few songs that are solid-gold ABBA classics that have appeared as touchstones in both movies so far and could reappear:

• 'Dancing Queen'
• 'I Have a Dream'
• 'The Name of the Game'
• 'Super Trouper'
• 'Waterloo'

The original Mamma Mia also contained the following ABBA songs:

• 'Chiquitita'
• 'Does Your Mother Know'
• 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)'
• 'Honey, Honey'; 'I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do'
• 'Lay All Your Love on Me'
• 'Money, Money, Money'
• 'Our Last Summer'
• 'Slipping Through My Fingers'
• 'SOS'
• 'Take a Chance on Me'
• 'Thank You for the Music'
• 'The Winner Takes It All'
• 'Voulez-Vous'
• 'When All Is Said and Done'

Meanwhile, Mamma Mia 2 added these ABBA songs:

• 'Andante, Andante'
• 'Angel Eyes'
• 'Fernando'
• 'I Wonder (Departure)'
• 'I've Been Waiting for You'
• 'Kisses of Fire'
• 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'
• 'My Love, My Life'
• 'One of Us'
• 'The Day Before You Came'
• 'When I Kissed the Teacher'
• 'Why Did It Have to Be Me?'

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As for what other songs might make an appearance in the threequel, it's anybody's guess right now. Fear not though, there's plenty still to mine from ABBA's back catalogue if a third movie happens.

Whatever the choice, you can be sure Cher will be happy to bang out more ABBA hits for our pleasure.

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Mamma Mia 3 trailer: Any Mamma Mia 3 footage yet?

There's no trailer for Mamma Mia! 3 yet, obviously, but in the meantime you could lose several afternoons enjoying videos of ABBA's back catalogue so here's a great place to get started.

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