Published 10:15 PM EDT Oct 23, 2018
Did you ever wonder what happened to the ABBA song "I Wonder" in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again"?
The Lily James ballad was included on the soundtrack for the hit sequel to the movie musical, which roared to nearly $400 million worldwide at the box office last summer. But the beautiful moment wasn't seen – until now.
The scene – which depicts the young Donna (played by James) bidding farewell in song to her university friends Rosie (Alexa Davies) and Tanya (Jessica Keenan Wynn) as she sets off to see the world – premieres exclusively online at usatoday.com. It's included as an extra on the DVD/Blu-ray release of the musical (out Tuesday), which is already available on digital HD.
"Lily did a lovely job, and it’s a beautiful song that's incredibly appropriate as Donna is about to begin her journey," says director Ol Parker. "But sometimes these things have to go."
The problem with "I Wonder" was that it's a lesser-known ABBA song and was slated to appear in the beginning of "Mamma Mia 2," which revisits the characters from 2008's "Mamma Mia."
It would have been followed by "One of Us," another unfamiliar ABBA ballad featuring Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper's characters struggling in their marriage.
"It’s a combination of going too long with two songs that people didn’t know that well," says Parker. "It was slightly depressing because there was money spent and actors are giving it their all."
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"I Wonder" got the ax. Images from the song, which show Donna hugging her friends goodbye and heading out on her life adventure, remained in the film.
James had plenty of opportunities to show her vocal prowess onscreen, including the upbeat fan-favorite "Waterloo" with Hugh Skinner. But Parker sees the upside for having "I Wonder" on the home release.
"I’m hoping people go to the song on the DVD rather than seeing my drivel in the director's commentary section," he jokes.