(news.yahoo.com) - Meryl Streep will star in the movie version of the popular ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!"
Theater veteran Phyllida Lloyd is in negotiations to make her feature directorial debut on the picture, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures.
The story revolves around a bride-to-be and her formerly rebellious mom who raised her on a Greek island and never disclosed the identity of her father. The bride locates three men who might be her father and invites them to her wedding. Streep will play the mom.
The musical, created by Judy Craymer and Catherine Johnson, features 22 ABBA songs, including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All." The part marks the first musical for Streep, who has showed off her pipes in such movies as "A Prairie Home Companion," "Postcards From the Edge" and "Death Becomes Her."
ABBA members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus are among the executive producers. The movie's screenplay was written by Johnson, who wrote the show's book.
Streep has received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for her starring turn in the worldwide box office hit "The Devil Wears Prada." She recently joined the all-star cast of "Lions for Lambs," in which she will act alongside Tom Cruise and Robert Redford, and wrapped "Rendition," a political thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon.