Amanda Seyfried thinks Universal bosses ‘probably can’t afford’ to rehire the original cast of Mamma Mia! for a third film.
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Returning to the story of the saga for Vogue on Wednesday, the actress Mean Girls cast doubt on rumors that the studio had agreed to the original cast reuniting for a third film. “I dare you to show me one person who doesn’t want a third Mamma Mia!,” she began. Nobody says no, but nobody says yes either. The powers that be probably can’t afford to have us to be honest. I hate to say it, because would I do Mamma Mia 3 for free, of course I would, but that’s not the business we’re in. What’s fair is fair, and I feel like a third movie is going to come down to something stupid, like whether or not Universal wants to release the money.”
Universal Pictures president Donna Langley simply told Vogue that the studio “would love to do a third movie,” something that has been discussed many times since the second film’s release, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Elsewhere in the video, Stellan Skarsgard said: “I’ll be in a funeral urn when there’s a script for Mamma Mia 3 but I will gladly participate in it in the form of a heap of ashes.”
Their castmate, Meryl Streep, whose character was killed off in the second film, has also expressed interest in making a return. “I told (producer Judy Craymer) that if she could find a way to reincarnate Donna, I would like that. Or it could be like one of those soap operas where Donna comes back and reveals that it’s actually her twin sister who died, she added with humor. We might have to call her Grandma Mia! while we do it!”
Franchise Mama Mia! also stars Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski.