A brand new trailer for the upcoming sequel has been released. Here’s Love London Love Culture’s thoughts on what to expect from the film…

It was back in 2008 when the big screen version of the popular musical was released, featuring many of Abba’s best known hits that were sometimes questionably sung – but ultimately a fun and feel good film to watch.

When it was announced that the original cast were reuniting for the sequel along with some new faces, it has to be said the first question that sprung to mind was of course – is this film really necessary? Well it is still a while until we know for sure but judging by this trailer it seems on the surface at least this latest film will recapture the same spirit of the original.

In this film it seems the story will be flitting between the past and present quite a bit, taking audiences back to the very beginning of the story when Donna meets three different characters in the form of Harry, Sam and Bill and of course ends up being pregnant with Sophie. Interspersed with this is Sophie, who is dealing with a pregnancy of her own and wondering how she is going to cope.

There will obviously be plenty of songs along the way, helpfully provided of course by Abba that will weave through the story. This will be an interesting element as many of Abba’s best known songs featured in the original film, so this is going to be a key element to see if the songs used this time round will fit in as well as those used in Mama Mia.

It would be easy to be cynical about whether this film is just a money making scheme given the popularity of the previous film, but in all honesty there is an element of curiosity to see exactly what all the characters have been up to since we last saw them.

Is it going to be corny? Yes of course it will be – but as long as the script and story are strong enough then it really doesn’t matter.

A lot has been made of the fact that Meryl Streep is nowhere to be seen in this latest trailer, with speculation that her character has been killed off. There is possibly a strong reason why she hasn’t featured in this trailer, given a lot of the plot is still being kept under wraps but doesn’t necessarily mean that Donna has been killed off.

It will be interesting to see how audiences will respond to this film and how well it does at the box office.