Mamma Mia 3: Stellan Skarsgard on RETURNING for third film – ‘I’ll probably be dead!’

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Mamma Mia! has had a long and emotional journey. Derived from the glorious works of Swedish band ABBA, the musical arrived on stages in April, 1999. The show was a smash hit, and remained in the same theatre in London’s West End until 2004, before moving to the Prince of Wales theatre, where it stayed until 2012. After that, Mamma Mia! moved to the Novello Theatre, where it plays today.

The show also received a slew of award nominations, including Olivier Award Nominations for Best New Musical, and Best Actress in a Musical.

In 2000, Mamma Mia!’s Jenny Galloway won a Laurence Olivier award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

2008 saw fans of the show being gifted a tremendous movie adaptation of the story.

The film starred Amanda Seyfried as Sophie Sheridan, who was joined by Hollywood heavy-hitters such as Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth.

The film grossed $615 million worldwide on a relatively small $52 million budget, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

It was also the fastest-selling DVD of all time in the UK, selling over 1.5 million copies on its day of release.

Ten years later, in 2018, the film was given an official sequel, continuing the legendary play even further.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again saw Sophie Sheridan’s story continue, with the original cast returning to the screen.

Now one sequel has been made, fans are eager to find out all they can about whether a third film in the franchise is on the way.

Express.co.uk recently spoke with Stellan Skarsgard – the star behind Bill Anderson – on whether he thinks there could be another rendezvous at the Greek getaway.

Stellan confessed: “Well, I don’t know. It took them ten years to come up with a story for the second one!”

Casting doubt on a third film, Stellan said: “By the time they come up with the story for the third one I’ll probably be dead.”

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Stellan did go on to add: “But if they come up with something and it’s the same bunch of people I’ll happily do it again, because we had so much fun with it.”

With Donna’s (Meryl Streep) story now finished, a potential third film would have to focus on the life of Sophie and her child, Donny.

Could this be the next angle for a film, if it were to arrive on screen?

Stellan also spoke about his latest film The Painted Bird.

The film depicts a grim look through war-torn Eastern Europe, taken over by the Nazis.

Discussing people who walked out of The Painted Bird’s screenings, Stellan said: “It’s not spilling blood all over the place, it’s not shooting down 15 people, it’s not blowing up an entire building – it is violence as violence is.

“They’re criticising a film that is showing violence, that is not pleasant to watch. And violence isn’t pleasant – at least not to the people exposed to it. So of course people [are thinking] ‘I don’t want to choke on my popcorn when I see violence’.”

Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again are available to watch on Netflix now.

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