It has sold more than 270 million albums and put over 30 million rear ends in theatre seats since 1973 — and now, the music of ABBA is coming to the big screen.
That’s right, men of America: Roughly four months is all you have left before your significant others start dragging you into darkened theaters to see Mamma Mia!, the Phyllida Lloyd-directed musical based on the Broadway sensation that was inspired by ABBA’s endlessly popular songs.
How, you ask, could “Dancing Queen” or “Take a Chance on Me” form the basis for a full-length film? Soak in the synopsis:
An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Meryl Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends — practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski)–from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.
To help prepare you for the inevitable surge of Mamma Mia! madness on July 28, Universal has thoughtfully rolled out the film’s official site (link below) and theatrical trailer (link also below)…not to mention a handful of new stills which you can ogle simply by clicking on either of the images above. Put on your white sombrero and get to clickin’!