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EXCLUSIVE: Meryl Streep says that a meeting is “imminent” where she’ll hear about the proposals for her to return for a third helping of Mamma Mia!

The acting legend, honored with an Honorary Palme d’Or at an emotional presentation Tuesday night during the Cannes Film Festival’s opening ceremony the Grand Théâtre Lumière, confirmed that “of course, I want to do it,” but first she wants to hear how producer Judy Craymer has resolved the issue of how Streep’s character Donna Sheridan can return for MM3 when it was revealed during the during the 2018 sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again that Donna had died.

Will there be some sort of resurrection, I wondered. “I don’t know how they’re going to do it. They have an idea. I haven’t heard it yet but it’s in [my diary] and I’m going to hear about it pretty soon,” the three-time Oscar-winning star told me when I went to chat with her at the festival’s opening-night Dîner d’ Ouverture at a splendidly renovated and refurbished Palm Beach.

“Of course I want to do it. I think folks love it,” she added.

Her longtime agent, CAA’s Kevin Huvane, seated next to her, cautioned, “We’re optimistic about it.”

And he noted Universal’s keenness to get it made.

Streep regrets letting Here We Go Again slip through her fingers, appearing in it just briefly. But she had a bundle of fun on the set meeting up again with the likes of Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper.

Some, rather unfairly, regard the Mamma Mia movies and stage show as fluff. They couldn’t be more wrong. I always argue that the Mamma Mia story is underpinned by the socioeconomic and feminist status of Donna, and later her daughter Sophie.

The films, bursting with the music of ABBA, had every right to be included in the lineup of Streep’s movies saluted at the Palais on Tuesday. Julia, The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, Kramer vs. Kramer, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Sophie’s Choice, Silkwood, Out of Africa, Plenty, Heartburn and others were lauded, quite rightly.

But the comedic funny bone that’s required for musical comedy is harder to do effortlessly than a movie based on stories by John Fowles, William Styron and Karen Blixen.

And Streep loves to laugh. I once spent an afternoon with her in Telluride and she’s as funny as she is moving.

She’s currently finishing up on Only Murders in the Building and she has a ball doing it. “It’s so much fun,” she said. Then she joked that it’s a job she loves doing, so much so “they don’t have to pay me.”

I would suggest that Disney not try and take advantage of that quote.

Receiving the Palme d’Or from Juliette Binoche was “overwhelming” for both of them, Streep told me.

Binoche was unable to hold back tears as she spoke of how vital Streep has been for women in the industry.

Streep admitted that it was tough for her to control her emotions too.

“I was out of my body,” she cried.

Her legs felt wobbly and “the dress was shaking” but she determined to hold back tears “because I wanted to speak. I wanted to say what I wanted to say,” she explained.

“I wanted to thank the people I love because no actor gets up on that stage on their own … we collect all the accolades but it’s the writer, the director, the make-up designer, the cinematographer, the cast, the crew, the publicist,” pausing she looked at me and uttered, “You” with great authority.

“Yes, you, everybody that makes this icon. I’m the one that gets all the roses thrown at me,” but there’s a team that makes it happen.

She smiled at Huvane. They’ve worked together for over three decades.

Her hair and make-up designer have been together longer. “It’s 49 years of working with Roy Helland,” she said of the man who won an Oscar, with Mark Coulier, for achievements in makeup on The Iron Lady.

Mamma Mia! Here Comes Streep, again.
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YES! YES! YES!!!! Loved the first 2 movies so bring on the third!!!

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