Pierce Brosnan reunites with ABBA star to record Mamma Mia! sequel songs

The Irish actor was determined to sing again in the new movie.

Pierce Brosnan has returned to the recording studio to work on new songs for the Mamma Mia! sequel with ABBA legend Benny Andersson.

The former James Bond star is reprising his role as Sam Carmichael from the original 2008 film, which was based on the ABBA-inspired musical of the same name, for the follow-up, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!.

Pierce received mixed reviews for his vocals the first time around, but now it appears Benny will be giving the actor a few pointers to hit the high notes for the sequel.

The actor shared an Instagram photo of himself with the Swedish pop icon in London on Thursday (17Aug17) and captioned it: "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 (sic)' movie. Magic."

It's not yet clear which ABBA songs will feature in the new movie musical, but Andersson and his bandmate Bjorn Ulvaeus are both returning to provide the music and lyrics for the project.

The musicians will also serve as executive producers on the film, which has been written by The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel scribe OI Parker, who will also direct. The Abba stars briefly appeared in the original, but it's not known if they'll show up again in the sequel.

Pierce previously brushed off criticism of his singing efforts after news of the sequel and his role in it hit headlines, and promised ABBA fans he would perform at his best.

"I'm singing - believe me, I'm singing," he told USA Today in June (17). "I have to sing. I don't care what they say. I love to sing. People don't necessarily employ me for my singing. But I chose to sing."

Joking about his less-than-perfect pitch, he said, "I think the world is ready for Mamma Mia 2, and I believe the world is ready to hear me sing once more!"

Brosnan will reunite with Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Dominic Cooper for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, which will also star Lily James as a younger version of Streep's lead character, Donna.

The film is expected to make audiences sing again when it hits theatres in July, 2018.

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