Streep Thanks Abba in Mamma Mia! Film???
Date: 12 January 2007
A film adaptation of Abba musical Mamma Mia! will star Oscar winner Meryl Streep, according to industry paper Variety. The film, which is to be shot in London and Greece this summer, is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (who also directed the musical on Broadway and in the West End), and produced by Judy Craymer of Littlestar films, with Gart Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus executive producing. Streep is best known for her many film roles, including Silkwood, The Deer Hunter, Sophie’s Choice, Angels in America, The Manchurian Candidate and, most recently, The Devil Wears Prada; however, she began singing at a young age and was reportedly considered for Eva Peron in the film of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita, the role eventually taken by Madonna. The original stage version of Mamma Mia!, still playing at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre, has launched 11 productions around the world and has been seen by more than 24 million people in over 115 cities. Set on a Greek island, the story centres on young Sophie who, preparing for her wedding day, has invited three of her mother's ex-lovers in an attempt to discover the identity of her father. Mother Donna’s former band members come along for the festivities too. The musical's original book, by Catherine Johnson, is interspersed with Abba disco classics such as "Dancing Queen", "Thank You for the Music", "Take a Chance on Me" and the title song.
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