Julie Walters first thought 'Mamma Mia' sequel would be awful, but now believes it's better than the original movie

Dame Julie Walters revealed that Cher's song towards the end of the movie will make the hair at the back of your neck stand.

                            Julie Walters first thought 'Mamma Mia' sequel would be awful, but now believes it's better than the original movie
Dame Julie Walters (Source: Getty Images)

Dame Julie Walters, who plays the role of Rosie in ‘Mamma Mia 2’, thought the sequel would be a tragic disaster. But now that it has been made, she thinks it might actually be better than the original musical movie. According to Sunday Post, the double Oscar nominee told Good Housekeeping magazine: “I couldn’t see how it could work and what they could do with us. My first reaction when my agent told me they were making Mamma Mia 2 was, ‘Oh God no, it is going to be awful.’ But the script was so good. I think it’s fantastic. It’s better than the first one.”

Digital Spy reported that Dominic Cooper, who plays the role of Sky, too praised the script. He said, "They've waited for a script to come along that makes sense and is fun and is gonna be as exciting for fans of the original, and that's really important."

The first film featured Abba songs and starred Meryl Streep. Needless to say, it was a huge hit back in 2008. The sequel comes out on July 20 and serves as a reunion for the original cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski and Dominic Cooper. It also contains some newcomers: Lily James, Jeremy Irvine, Alexa Davies, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner and Jessica Keenan Wynn.

Walters also spoke about the how different everyone looked from the first film. She said they all looked “ten years older basically. Everybody was holding in their stomachs when we met! Everybody looked great, I thought.” She also opens up about being a huge Cher fan and having her on set. She said: “It was heaven having her there, she’s a really great girl. I’m a massive fan. I always loved her as a kid. She was great and she sings this song at the end which makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.”

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ will in some way serve as a sequel and a prequel to the original. The movie showcases the lives of the characters during several different time periods. On one hand, the sequel explores Donna and Sophie’s present-day relationship through Sophie’s pregnancy. On the other, the movie also goes back in time to show us Donna’s youth and how she became pregnant.  

Digital Spy reported that writer-director Ol Parker even compared the sequel to ‘The Godfather 2’ in terms of the jumps in time periods that occur through the course of the movie. He said: "Obviously no one's going to be comparing the two in the great canon of film, but that was very much the template. It's a beautiful idea that you can jump backwards and forwards and learn more about the present from the past."