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20 July 2018, 09:11 | Updated: 20 July 2018, 15:23
Mamma Mia was one of the most successful musical movies of all time, thanks to its all-star cast and classic music by ABBA.
Now that we can revisit Donna and co in Greece 10 years after the first movie, here are a bunch of fascinating facts about both films that all fans should know...
The producers told the former James Bond star it was being filmed in Greece, and that Meryl Streep was starring.
Brosnan said he signed up straight away as it involved Streep, describing her as "that gorgeous blonde I fancied terribly in Drama School."
Both Olivia Newton-John and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered to play the role of Donna.
Meanwhile, Mandy Moore, Amanda Bynes, Rachel McAdams and Emmy Rossum were in the running to play Sophie, and Bill Nighy almost played one of the 'father' roles.
Donny Osmond was also in the frame for Sam, played by Brosnan.
Comedy legend Dawn French was originally cast as Rosie. However, after the creators described her character as "the fat, funny one", and the Musical Director was not impressed with her singing, she declined the role.
In her autobiography Dear Fatty, Dawn said that while she is a fan of ABBA, she is not a huge fan of Mamma Mia", and only agreed to do the film because Meryl Streep was starring.
Cher was initially offered the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia. However, she had to decline the role due to concert tour commitments.
Thankfully, she later signed on to be star in the sequel Here We Go Again, playing the character Ruby.
Despite playing her daughter in the second film.
During the 'Dancing Queen' scene, the photo on Meryl Streep's bedroom mirror is Amanda Seyfried's professional headshot.
At the end of 'Our Last Summer', Donna is seen holding a collection of photos, including a real-life baby picture of Seyfried.
Totally different music styles, but one uniting typeface.
It's called Onyx in case you were interested.
The trailer for Here We Go Again states that Donna is pregnant in 1979.
As Sophie is 20 in the first movie, this means it must be around 1998. The second film takes place five years later, meaning that it should be around 2003.
Want to sing along to all the Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again hits? The soundtrack is available to stream or download from Apple Music.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is out now at cinemas, and available to pre-order now on iTunes.