Will there be a Mamma Mia 3?

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Jessica Keenan Wynn, Lily James and Alexa Davies in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was a huge box-office hit in 2018. (Universal)

Here we go again, Abba fans. Mamma Mia 3 appears to finally be happening.

Cast members have repeatedly teased the prospect of a third film in the feel-good musical franchise, which features the Swedish pop group's greatest hits.

And the producer behind the previous two installments has now confirmed plans for follow-up to 2018's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. As excitement mounts, here's everything we know about Mamma Mia 3 so far...

Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried in 2008's Mamma Mia
Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried in 2008's Mamma Mia. (Universal)

Mamma Mia star Meryl Streep has confirmed that the threequel is in the works. She told Deadline in May 2024 she was due to have a meeting "pretty soon" about returning to the franchise, saying: "Of course I want to do it. I think folks love it."

Her comments came after producer Judy Craymer said the film would bring "a certain closure to these characters". Speaking to Vogue, she added: "All of their odysseys lead them back to the island, because that's where they all want to be in their older years."

In a separate interview in May 2023, Craymer revealed that the script was "in its earliest stages", adding: "I don't want to over-egg it, but I know there's a trilogy there."

Donna Langley, chair of film studio Universal, said: "Universal would love to make a third movie, and I'll leave it at that."

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Speculation over a possible Mamma Mia 3 began to swirl as soon as the second film, titled Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, hit cinemas in 2018. The sequel took a huge amount of Money, Money, Money at the box office – about $400m worldwide – making a third instalment almost inevitable.

Ol Parker, who directed Here We Go Again, told Screen Rant in December 2022 that "there is a hunger for a third, and I know that [Craymer] has a plan. Wouldn't it be lovely?"

However, Mamma Mia 3 has yet to be officially announced by Universal, meaning that fans may face a lengthy wait until it hits cinema screens. This article will be updated when we receive an official release date.

Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth in Mamma Mia
Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth played Sophie's possible fathers. (Universal)

Warning: this section contains spoilers for the two Mamma Mia! films so far...

The original Mamma Mia film, released in 2008, introduces viewers to bride-to-be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who lives on a sun-soaked Greek island with her mother, hotel owner Donna (Meryl Streep).

Sophie wants her father to walk her down the aisle, but doesn't know who her dad is. She secretly invites three of Donna's former partners to the wedding: Sam (Pierce Brosnan), Harry (Colin Firth) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard).

At the altar, Sophie and her fiancé Sky (Dominic Cooper) decide to postpone the wedding because they travel the world first. Sam and Donna get engaged after rekindling their love. The paternity issue is never resolved but the three men all agree to act as father figures to Sophie.

Lily James in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Lily James played a young Donna in the 2018 sequel. (Universal)

2018's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again takes place five years after the events of the original film. Donna (played in flashbacks by Lily James) has died. A grieving Sophie is pregnant with her first child and having relationship issues with Sky.

She learns more about her mother's past while trying to reopen her hotel, and reunites with her estranged grandmother Ruby (Cher). She gives birth to a baby boy and Donna's ghost (a present-day Streep) watches the christening.

Both movies are soundtracked by Abba's greatest hits, including Mamma Mia (of course), Dancing Queen, Waterloo, SOS and Super Trouper.

Lily James and Amanda Seyfried at the premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Lily James and Amanda Seyfried both want to appear in Mamma Mia 3. (WireImage)

Many cast members have already expressed their desire to return for the trilogy topper, including Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Lily James, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Christine Baranski.

"I dare you to show me one person who doesn't want a third Mamma Mia," Seyfried told Vogue in September 2023. "Nobody is saying no, but nobody is saying yes either. The powers that be probably can’t afford us to be honest."

Streep, meanwhile, said she would "totally" return to the franchise if there were plans "to reincarnate Donna".

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Producer Judy Craymer said that Streep became "more open to the prospect of a third [film]" after feeling "the joy of reuniting" with the cast on Here We Go Again.

James said she was was "desperate" to return to the crowd-pleasing franchise, adding: "Why isn't it happening? We all need it... Let's do Mamma Mia."

Firth even opened the door to possible fourth and fifth films. "If you manage to make a second one, I guess you can make a third, a fourth, and a fifth," he told Good Morning America.

Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus at the premiere of Abba Voyage in 2022
Abba reunited to release a new studio album, Voyage, in 2021. (Getty)

With Mamma Mia 3 yet to be officially green-lit, it's too early to know which Abba hits could included on the soundtrack. However, several notable tracks were absent from the first two movies, including Ring Ring, Summer Night City and Under Attack. It's possible these could crop up in a third outing.

The producers also have new material to pick from, following the 2021 release of Voyage, Abba's first new album in four decades. That said, we'd be surprised if some of the most beloved tracks from the previous films, such as Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen, didn't crop up again.

Mamma Mia 3 is reportedly in development