Meryl Streep’s Donna is almost definitely dead in Mamma Mia 2
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has sparked endless speculation about whether or not Meryl Streep’s Donna has gone to the big dungaree store in the sky, and it’s looking more and more likely that that’s the case.
While initially the chatter revolved around Streep’s relative absence from the trailers and all mentions of Donna being in the past tense, now it’s becoming increasingly clear that she’s probably dead after all.
For a start, her appearances on the soundtrack offer big clues: evidence points to My Love, My Life being a beautiful chapel-set ballad in which she could likely appear as some kind of spirit/ghost/figment of Sophie’s imagination, while Super Trouper looks from B-roll like it’s a big ensemble number outside the main narrative of the movie, much like Waterloo in the end credits of the first film.
On the digital-only soundtrack, Streep also sings The Day Before You Came and if that’s not a concrete sign of her demise then frankly what is?
Speaking at the London press conference over the weekend, Christine Baranski (Tanya) indicated that the characters are dealing with “loss” (!) as we join them five years after the events of the 2008 original.
“When I read the script, I was so taken aback by how original it was, to take this original story and do a sequel and you see the maturation of these characters that we’ve come to know,” she said. “They’ve been informed by loss and things have happened in their lives – big things.
“[To] see them coming together with a new emotional depth and then the brilliance of taking it back in time with six drop dead talented sexy young performers doing all of those sexy rock and roll songs…
“It’s really just a genius construct. Everybody waited ten years to make sure it was going to be exactly right and I really think they got it dead right.”
Plus! PLUS! Baranski and Amanda Seyfried were on The One Show last week, where host Alex James asked them to sum up the plot without giving away “the big spoiler”.
So either there’s some almighty twist in which it turns out Julie Walters’ Rosie has been Emperor Palpatine all along, or Donna’s a gonna.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is out on July 20.