Blue carpet glamour: Cher and Meryl Streep stun at Mammia Mia premiere

Posted July 18, 2018

It's been a decade since the legendary Meryl Streep graced the screen in blue overalls for the movie adaptation Mamma Mia, but with an ear candy-level catalogue like ABBA's, a sequel was inevitable.

An all-star cast is back for the sequel titled Here We Go Again - but how does it compare with its 2008 predecessor?

"We were kind of protective of the first one because we were very proud of it, it was very good and it became kind of a cult movie ... and we thought what's the point of risking ... taking away from that legacy, so we were reluctant", Ulvaeus told Reuters.

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In a fresh burst of activity by the 72-year-old singer and actress, Cher said that her creative spirit was rekindled after singing one of the signature tunes on "Mamma Mia!". Here We Go Again's starry cast (including James, Seyfried, Skarsgard, Brosnan, Cher, Christine Baranski, and Dominic Cooper) joined EW and PEOPLE for a Facebook Live to preview what we can expect from the film.

However, when all is said and done, Parker's film is hard-wired to entertain, with a comforting recipe of glossy song and dance numbers, saucy humour, simmering romance and Oscar victor Meryl Streep ripping the hearts out of chests as she mines the raw emotion of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus's lyrics.

And here's the full TODAY interview, in which Cher talks about working with Streep and her love of the Mama Mia! stage production. "Have him washed and brought to my tent", she opines after assessing Andy Garcia's seductive Señor Cienfuegos. The sequel/prequel hybrid "Mamma Mia!".

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The new film is a prequel to the original and pivots on daughter Sophie, played by Seyfried, who returns to the Greek island of the original, where her mother Donna runs a hotel, to announce that she's pregnant.

Amanda Seyfried and her husband Thomas Sadoski.

As she reunites with her fathers, Sophie asks them how they met her mother.

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Cue flashbacks to the young Donna (Lily James) embarking on her lusty Mediterranean odyssey via Paris.