‘Downton Abbey’ star shares on-set pics from her new ‘Mamma Mia’ sequel

Lily James has confirmed that filming is now complete on the sequel to Mamma Mia!.

Written and directed by The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘s Ol Parker, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! arrives in cinemas on 20 July 2018.

The movie stars Lily James as the young version of Donna, Meryl Streep’s character, in flashbacks.

She commented last week: “This was the happiest most wonderful job. I loved it all. And everyone. Big up mamma Mia 2. Crew . Cast. Abba! Love you.”

The 28-year-old English actress played Lady Rose in Downton Abbey and has since starred in Cinderella, Baby Driver and the BBC’s War & Peace adaptation.

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will go “back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.”

Lily James will be joined in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! by original cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Dominic Cooper.

Alexa Davies (Harlots) will play a young version of Julie Walters’ character, War Horse star Jeremy Irvine will play a young version of Pierce Brosnan’s character, and Poldark actor Hugh Skinner will play a young version of Firth’s character.

The original movie is available to buy on DVD.

Adapted from the 1999 West End musical of the same name and based on the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA, Mamma Mia! was released in cinemas back in 2008 and made over $600 million.