Behind the Scenes of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

“Ooh, see that girl! Watch that scene! Dig in the dancing queen!”

Nine years after the movie musical Mamma Mia hit theaters, Universal Pictures announced some the good news: it’s bringing fans’ favorite characters back for a sequel, titled Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. The original film was based on the ABBA-inspired Broadway show, where a bride-to-be tricked  three presumed fathers into visiting Greece so she could figure out who her biological parent was—all in time for him to walk her down the aisle, of course.

Besides getting to see all our old favorites dancing their way back across Greece, the sequel (shot on location in Croatia) will feature a whole new set of players to represent Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård and Pierce Brosnan‘s characters years before the original took place. We’ll get to see the wild summer to led to Amanda Seyfried‘s character’s birth, as well as getting to witness the Dynamos in their heyday (originally played by Streep, Christina Baranski and Julie Walters).

Some of the fresh faces will include Lily James as a young Donna, Jeremy Irvine as a young Bill, Hugh Skinner as a young Harry and Josh Dylan as a young Sam. The newest addition to this star-studded film is Cher, who will play Donna’s mother in the flashback sections.

The sequel will feature new songs from ABBA, as well as a few reprises of old favorites. The first film grossed $609.8 million at the global box office.

It’s safe to say fans are gearing up for another heart-warming sing-a-long. But until then, we’ve gathered all the behind the scene photos from the cast and crew’s Instagram accounts.

Start warming up, and check out the photos below:

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Here We Go Again

“Welcome back to Kalokairi” — @mingey

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Sing for Your Supper

“You might have thought the days of waiting tables in restaurants were behind @piercebrosnanofficial (even if not me) but when needs must, we’ll put our matching shirts on and sing for you as we clear your plates. For reservations please contact the #MammaMia2 production team. Deeply touched by this man’s generosity, grace and humour. Lot of fun!” — @_jeremyirvine

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When You’re Near Me, Darlin’ Can’t You Feel Me

“mammamia2” — @_joshdylan

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Gimme, Gimme, Gimme More of This Partnership

“Never thought his would happen again but, here I was last night once more, with the gracious and brilliant Mr Benny Anderson …ABBA… recording at Air Studios for the next …”Here we go again, Mamma Mia” movie. Magic.” — @piercebrosnanofficial

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All Smiles on Set

“Sophie and young Auntie Tanya in a space-time continuum” — @mingey

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Cutest Couple Award Goes To…

“Take a Chance on Me #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain #behindthescenes” — @judycraymer

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Retro Bill

“#realmenwearpink @daisyrodger took this” — @_joshdylan

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The Flashback Crew

“Back together in GB town #mammamia2” — @jkwynn

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Things Are Heating Up

“I know this doesn’t look like much compared to most people on Instagram but I want to thank @teamkingsbury for helping me lose the equivalent of three babies worth of weight in 5 weeks for #mammamia2 and showing me life can still be fun without my diet of beer and chips (sort of). Still a bit to go but nearly there…” — @_jeremyirvine

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A Man on Both Arms

“Leaving Croatia – Having had the time of our lives #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain #behindthescenes” — @judycraymer

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The Beginning

“1st day #MammaMiaMovie #HereWeGoAgain #MammaMia2” — @_jeremyirvine

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Tech Trek

“Me and technology… size isn’t everything! #behindthescenes #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain” — @judycraymer

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Fearless Leader

“Continuing filming back on set – it’s all very greek! #behindthescenes #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain” — @judycraymer

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Sky’s New Lady

“Lay all your love on me. Getting up close and personal with Dominic Cooper! #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain #behindthescenes” — @judycraymer

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Bronzed and Beautiful

“TANya #MammiaMia2 #MammaMiaMovie #herewegoagain #thankgodforluciamama” — @jkwynn

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Never Ending Dinners

“My sweet Hugh #almostwrappedincroatiadinner” — @jkwynn

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Sweet as Honey

“Lily James’s hair looking very Honey Honey on set #behindthescenes #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain” — @judycraymer

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Check-In

— @mingey

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Lady Admirers

“‘Chiquitita tell me what’s wrong?’ #dayoff #JulieWalters” — @judycraymer

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Set With a View

“Here we go again …MM2 A Moment in time on the island of Vis/ Croatia… photo by @christinebaranski” — @piercebrosnanofficial

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Captain Colin

“Mamma Mia 2 …here we go again …on a Monday morning heading out to sea, and that looks a lot like Mr Colin Firth …” — @piercebrosnanofficial

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All Sunny on Set

“@alexalaura @jkwynn dynamo ♥️ #mammamia2” — @lilyjamesofficial

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Old Pals

“My, my! Just how much I’ve missed you! Look who I found on set today! #behindthescenes #MammaMia #HereWeGoAgain” — @judycraymer

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Horsing Around

“Even Archie was sad to leave the island, now he’s back home in the UK. He’s now a fully paid up Equity member! #behindthescenes #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain” — @judycraymer

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Working for That Money, Money, Money

“I work all night, I work all day… #behindthescenes #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain” — @judycraymer

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Dynamic Dynamos

“Dynamo day” — @alexalaura

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Opa!

“On set #behindthescenes… it’s all very Greek! #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain” — @judycraymer

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Good Things Come in Threes

“Hugh, Jeremy and I have formed a synchronised sea-swimming team. For bookings or to arrange a competitive fixture, please drop us a line. #mammamia2” — @_joshdylan

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Shady Ladies

“Does your mother know that you’re out? The two Tanyas! #ChristineBaranski #behindthescenes #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain” — @judycraymer

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The Perfect Swoop

“Hairy” — @_joshdylan

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Fast Friends

“….What a joy and delight to be in the presence of such a beautiful and shining young talent that lights up the screen and all our lives… Lily James … ‘Here we go again Mamma Mia’” — @piercebrosnanofficial

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Gimme a Man After Midnight

“Colin, Pierce, Benny, Stellan…on the set shooting the breeze …” — @piercebrosnanofficial

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Hitting the Notes

“#tbt to me looking cheeky as heck spitting bars with Benny Andersson at Air Studios #Abba #mammamia2” — @_joshdylan 

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Winner Takes All

“Oppressed” — @_joshdylan 

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Toys and Tans

“Boys and their toys…and their spray tans #MammaMia2 #MammaMiaMovie #HereWeGoAgain” — @jkwynn

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Cooking Something Up

“The boys cooked for us tonight. It was divine #cleantheplate” — @jkwynn

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Lightning Between Them

“Stormy night with the best company #MammaMia2 #MammaMiaMovie #HereWeGoAgain” — @jkwynn

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Piercing Good Looks

“Me and my mate Jez taking our friendship berry, berry seriously…” — @_joshdylan

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Three’s Company

“Cheeky Chaps #uncleStellan” — @_joshdylan

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Voulez-Vous

“Mamma Mia days part two … Here we go again! with these amazing fellows of song and dance … @hughskinner @_jeremyirvine @_joshdylan @dominiccoop Photo by @keelyshayebrosnan” — @piercebrosnanofficial

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Captains at the Helm

“Script supervising beauty queen, Captain of the ship, and the masterful DOP master #MammaMia2 #MammaMiaMovie #HereWeGoAgain” — @jkwynn

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Carpooling

“Getting on the #MammaMia2 Jet Off to film in #Croatia” — @_jeremyirvine

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Sun Setting on Set

“Croatia #mammamia2” — @_jeremyirvine

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Smooth Sailing to Work

“The ‘commute’ to work each morning for #mammamia2 #worknotwork #mammamiamovie” — @_jeremyirvine

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Romantic Row Boats

“Lights > Camera > Row! Getting ready to take @lilyjamesofficial for a cruise filming #MammaMia2 #BehindTheScenes” — @_jeremyirvine

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Feel the Beat of the Tambourine

“Only last week we were on a beach trying to Dig the Dancing Queen with associate choreographer @nicholatreherne #behindthescenes #MammaMia2 #HereWeGoAgain” — @judycraymer

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Sun-Bathing

“Back in Vis with the fam” — @jkwynn

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Nothing but Blue

“Another day at sea #mammamia2” — @lilyjamesofficial

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