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DEADLINE – Baby Driver star Lily James is shifting gears and is set to test her singing talent in Universal’s upcoming movie musical sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! She will join returning Mamma Mia! cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski.

James will play the role of “Young Donna” to Streep’s present-day Donna as the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! reunites producers of the original film, Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman. Craymer was also the creator and producer of the smash-hit stage musical. Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is set to write and direct the sequel. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers. Universal’s Senior Vice President of production Kristen Lowe and Creative Executive Lexi Barta will oversee production for the studio.

The sequel, which is slated for a July 20, 2018 release date, comes 10 years after the initial film, which grossed more than $600 million worldwide. The movie musical was set on the Greek island of Kalokairi and based on the iconic songs of Swedish supergroup ABBA.

In addition to starring in the smash summer hit Baby Driver, James is known for the titular role in Disney’s live-action Cinderella. She can be seen in the Focus Features’ forthcoming Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour and recently wrapped the modern Western Little Woods as well as the drama Guernsey.

Magazine scans

Lily and Ansel Elgort are featured on the cover of Voyage magazine, July/August issue. Digital scans have been added to our gallery, enjoy!

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Magazine Scans > 2017 > Voyage (July/August)
Appearances

After Paris, Lily was in Italy to promote Burberry new fragrance by attending a launch event for “My Burberry Blush” on July 6, 2017 in Milan.

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Public Appearances > 2017 > “My Burberry Blush” Launch Event (Milan)
Appearances

Lily looks absolutely stunning in her custom-made Burberry metallic gown as she attends the Vogue Paris Foundation Gala Dinner tonight (July 4) in Paris. Stay tuned for more photos!

Appearances

As the face of Burberry, Lily attended the launch of “My Burberry Blush” on July 3, 2017 in Paris. Lily was photographed by Mario Testino for the new campaign and will be revealed by the end of the month.

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Public Appearances > 2017 > “My Burberry Blush” Launch Event
Interviews Photoshoots

Lily talks everything ‘Baby Driver’ and more with W magazine in a new interview and photoshoot. Head over to our gallery for high quality outtakes and don’t forget to read the full article below. Enjoy!

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Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > 2017 > Session 004

W MAGAZINE – Lily James is really, really excited to breathe.

Since her breakout role as Lady Rose MacClare on Downton Abbey in 2012, the 28-year-old English actress has starred almost exclusively in a slew of high-profile period pieces—read: corset-confining—including 2015’s live-action Cinderella and BBC’s War & Peace. But with her latest role in Edgar Wright’s much buzzed-about film Baby Driver, James has finally arrived in the modern age.

“It was heaven,” James told me last week. “That waitress outfit was pretty tight, but I would breathe, which was a change. And it was great. I really wanted to do something contemporary, which felt like an escape. It was breath of fresh air to get into 2017.”

The highly stylized film, which focuses on a getaway driver named Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, in the midst of his final heist, is in fact just that—a breath of fresh air. “In a world of a lot of franchises and remakes, it’s an original story and the characters are really unique; I feel kind of bowled over by Edgar and the movie,” James said. “When I saw the finished movie with the cast, I was like, ‘This movie is so cool, I can’t believe I’m in it.’ It feels really iconic and I think it could be a real cult classic, but it’s mainstream enough that anyone and everyone can enjoy it. It’s got romance and action and comedy—it’s kind of genre-less.”

In the film, which is in theaters on Wednesday, James played Deborah, a Southern waitress whom Elgort’s character quickly falls for, prompting him to leave a life of crime. “She’s a total dreamer,” the actress said of her Deborah. “She’s lonely, and yet she’s optimistic. She kind of rattles around in this dead-end diner job with only truck drivers to talk to. You get the feeling that she’s a bit of a drifter and doesn’t know what she wants or what she’s about, and then this guy walks in and she kind of finds a purpose. She’s just a really genuine person.”

The role also saw the Brit ditch her usual posh lilt (see: period pieces) in favor of a twangy Southern accent. “I really worked on it,” said James. “I had this amazing voice coach, and I really focused on the character because being American isn’t just the voice. We really spent ages on it. Half of my family is American, so I do feel like I have American blood. But I’m still working on it.”

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Magazine scans

Lily is on the cover of Mujerhoy magazine, June 24. We’ve updated the gallery with scans from the issue featuring new outtakes from the ‘Baby Driver’ photoshoot!

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Magazine Scans > 2017 > Mujerhoy (June 24)