In what may just be the most ridiculous bit of casting in the history of moviedom, Cher is playing Meryl Streep’s mother (they’re a mere three years apart in age!) in the highly anticipated sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia! but fans are already getting their money’s worth from the longtime pals.
Kicking things off in style at the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again movie’s world premiere at London’s Eventim (formerly Hammersmith) Apollo on Monday, the heavyweight acting duo met up with a quick peck on the lips; once the internet got wind of the shot—let’s just say their meme was sealed with a kiss.
Having the Time of Their Lives! Meryl Streep & Cher Share a Kiss at Mamma Mia Premiere in London https://t.co/px1almxpux
— People (@people) July 17, 2018
Fans reacted with delight and excitement, creating memes of the iconic shot:
Did Meryl Streep and Cher just…… kiss….. AGAIN…… on the blue carpet at the world premiere of Mamma Mia 2……… pic.twitter.com/a5m2GhLGHb
— MADMAX (@sarahburhans_) July 16, 2018
— Sam Herbst (@mrsamherbst) July 16, 2018
— candy rock andy (@AndyRockCandy) July 17, 2018
See you at the DQ pic.twitter.com/IGtmUYaIXS
— The THNK1994 Museum (@thnk1994) July 16, 2018
the most iconic kiss scenes in cinematic herstory pic.twitter.com/pylmxRmwTh
— David (@DiscreetLatino) July 17, 2018
Streep presumably (she’s been conspicuously absent from the trailers) reprises her role as Donna, the hotel-owner and secret-keeping mother to Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie. But this time around, Grandma’s come for a visit—enter Cher as Ruby Sheridan, Donna’s mother.
Cher and Streep have been friends since they starred together in 1983’s Silkwood.
When asked about being cast as Meryl’s mother, when she is only a few years older than Streep, Cher told People Magazine:
That doesn’t make any difference. I was thrilled to death, and it was so silly. It was great fun, and I love her [Meryl], so it was perfect. It was great, and she was hiding watching me sing, and I was so excited. I didn’t find out until afterwards — I would have been more nervous.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again hits theaters on Friday, June 20.