Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: The January Sale!
Try 3 issues of Empire magazine for just £1
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy And More In Talks For Ghostbusters
SNL players Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones working out deals
Chris Pratt Wanted As New Indiana Jones
Disney's got early plans...
Danny Boyle Locks In His Steve Jobs Cast
Katherine Waterston and more set as production boots up
Liam Hemsworth Offered The Lead In The Independence Day Sequel
He may fight the aliens in ID Forever
Mortem Tyldum Taking On Passengers
Imitation Game director set for sci-fi romance
Colin Firth Aboard World Yacht Race Drama
The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh will hoist the sails
Frank Grillo Haunted By Stephanie
He'll star in Akiva Goldsman's horror thriller
Tom Hardy Hunts A Killer In The Child 44 Trailer
But how do you solve a crime the state won't acknowledge?
It'll Be A Wet Hot American Summer At Netflix
UPDATE: Now with added teaser
Emma Roberts Hits A Nerve
Dave Franco also on for the thriller
Tate Taylor Sails To USS Indianapolis Project
He'll swim with sharks for producer Robert Downey Jr.
New Poster For Jason Statham's Wild Card
Punching Las Vegas
Josh Trank And Simon Kinberg Talk Fantastic Four Trailer
The director and writer/producer add FFuel to the FFire
The First Trailer For Josh Trank's Fantastic Four Reboot Arrives
Flame on!
Exclusive: New Ant-Man Still Arrives
Scott Lang hits the shower
Daniel Brühl's Captain America: Civil War Role Revealed
Sound the spoiler klaxon!
Anthony Mackie And Olivia Wilde Let It Snow
Alongside Marisa Tomei in the festive caper
Eli Roth's Knock Knock Hits Sundance
Keanu and Utah are reunited
Fox Planning Live-Action X-Men TV Series
The mutants could be headed to the small screen
Edgar Wright Submits Dodge And Twist Screenplay
Redrafting the steampunk Oliver
Mission: Impossible 5 Moved Up To July
Christopher McQuarrie will deliver a little earlier than expected...
David Tennant Will Be Zebediah Kilgrave
In Marvel/Netflix's A.K.A. Jessica Jones
Emma Watson Signs For Beauty And The Beast
She'll be director Bill Condon's guest
Chris Weitz Hired For Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Stand-Alone
He'll write the new draft of the script
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 January 2015
Podcast #144: Meryl Streep, Alicia Vikander
And that's a rap
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Into The Woods (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Giver (2014)
Empire Star Rating
August: Osage County (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Radioman (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Hope Springs (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Meryl Streep Joins Mamma Mia!
Whaaa?

11 January 2007  |  Written by   

submit to reddit

Yesterday it was reported that there is a screen adaptation of the hit Abba stage musical Mamma Mia! in the works, to be directed by theatre director Phyllida Lloyd. Then today the world went insane and careened off its axis. It seems, according to Variety, that Meryl Streep -- proper multi-Oscar winning proper actress Meryl Streep -- is to topline this musical beloved by camp men and coachloads of raucous middle-aged women named Doreen.

Streep will play a single mother whose daughter is about to marry and wants to finally meet the father she has never known. So, naturally, she invites three potential fathers to her wedding to find out which is hers. This gives spurious reason to sing Abba hits like Dancing Queen and Winner Takes It All. Streep has sung on film before (Postcards From The Edge, Prairie Home Companion) but this is her first full musical.

For reasons impossible to fathom Mamma Mia! has played in over 130 countries since opening in 1999 and grossed $1.6 billion. Which means there are people in the world who consider this film an appealing idea. These people are called lunatics and must be stopped, lest they breed and take over the world.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
The Equalizer Getz Zcreenwriterz
Big screen adaptation moves

Your Comments

RE: Meryl Streep Joins Mamma Mia!
treep Discusses ia! from Guardian.co.uk More

Posted by Mason Verger at 15:40 on 09 July 2008 | Report This Post

OMG! Coolest news EVA!
Meryl Streep? Mamma Mia? Oh, greatest bit of news EVER! More

Posted by turnblad at 20:20 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post

musicals rock!
i think that it is brilliant ! as my sister is the p.a for the producer and founder of mamma mia and she is so excited to be a part of this once in a life time opportunity. i mean if you went to see a musical you know how fantastic they can be. so i think good on you meryl to be part such a fun thing, so what if idiots dislike mamma mia or criticize meryl, for being part of this movie. its there fault for not being so posative in the first palace and they will see how far it has got, when its re More

Posted by mcginity at 19:29 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post

Yes to musicals!
I've never seen Mamma Mia because I'm too embarrassed about my own past behaviour in Greece to want to see other Brits flaunting themselves to Abba, but I have staunch belief that Meryl will sing like a bitch and impress everyone. More

Posted by phaeton at 16:23 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post

oh lord
sounds like "muriels wedding 2"?? More

Posted by kitch_i at 12:53 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post

'For reasons impossible to fathom Mamma Mia! has played in over 130 countries since opening in 1999 and grossed $1.6 billion. Which means there are people in the world who consider this film an appealing idea. These people are called lunatics and must be stopped, lest they breed and take over the world. ' genius!!! Meryll Streep & Mamma Mia WTF? Ive actually sat through the stage production, never again, not even as a film!! More

Posted by troublemakerashleigh at 12:43 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post

NO!!
it is wrong in so many ways More

Posted by duncan1964 at 11:57 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post

no
Abba songs are alright, but the answers still no More

Posted by BlueDragon21120 at 11:45 on 11 January 2007 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Jessica Chastain Takes The IMDbunker
The Most Violent Year star takes our most random quiz

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

Fables: A Primer
An introduction to Bill Willingham’s wonderfully dark fairy-tale world

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)