Like many a big-screen sequel, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” rewards fans willing to stick through the bitter, bitter end of the credits after the movie ends.
Yes, writer-director Ol Parker’s new movie musical — a sequel to 2008’s hit “Mamma Mia!” — has a post-credits scene.
And while the brief vignette doesn’t tease a third installment in the franchise, a mash-up of classic ABBA songs with a convoluted soap operatic plot, it does provide a fun bonus scene that calls back to one of the new film’s biggest scene-stealers. (Spoiler alert: Stop reading now if you don’t want to know the contents of the bonus scene.)
At several points in the film, both in flashbacks to 1979 and the present day, we meet a quick-witted customs officer (played by Iranian-British standup comic Omid Djalili) who stamps passports on a pier before characters board a ferry to the Greek island where Meryl Streep’s Donna — and later her daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) — make a home in an old farmhouse.
In the bonus scene, we first see Hugh Skinner’s Harry, an aspiring banker-businessman (later played by Colin Firth) who met new college graduate Donna (Lily James) in Paris and chased after her following a one-night romance.
“If she objects, have her give me a call,” Djalili’s unnamed customs agent tells young Harry before breaking into a few lines of the chorus to ABBA’s “Take a Chance in Me.”
He then quickly breaks character and convulses into laughter, joined by some unseen crew members.
Harry is of course one of three men Donna (played by Meryl Streep in the original film) encountered that fateful summer in 1979 who could have been Sophie’s father — the others being Pierce Brosnan’s Sam and Stellan Skarsgard’s sailor Bill.
Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and Dominic Cooper also return for the new film, whose predecessor was based on a stage musical that premiered in London’s West End in 1999 and played on Broadway for more than a decade.
Jeremy Irvine plays the younger Sam and Josh Dylan plays the young Bill, joined by fellow newcomers like Andy Garcia and Cher (as Donna’s long-estranged mother).
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” opens on Friday.
For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed co-star Julie Walter’s name.