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Colin Firth Joins Crooners for ‘Mamma!’ April 17, 2007

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Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Christine Baranski are joining the feature lineup of “Mamma Mia!”

The trio join Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried in the popular ABBA musical, which shoots from June-October in London and Greece.

The story revolves around a bride-to-be (Seyfried) and her formerly rebellious mom (Streep) who raised her on a Greek island and never disclosed the identity of her father. The bride locates three men who might be her father and invites them to her wedding. The musical features 22 ABBA songs, including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All.”

Firth is one of the three possible fathers, a British businessman. Skarsgard plays another possible dad. Baranski portrays a plastic surgery-loving party girl in her 40s who is bossy and boozy.

Firth may be best known to American audiences for playing Mark Darcy in the “Bridget Jones” movies. Skarsgard returns as Bootstrap Bill in this summer’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” Baranski’s credits include the Academy Award-winning musical “Chicago.”

Phyllida Lloyd is directing the Universal Pictures project; Tom Hanks will serve as an executive producer, along with ABBA members and songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.

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