Entertainment Movies 'Mamma Mia 2'' s Jeremy Irvine Explains Why He's 'Excited' for His Movie with Kevin Spacey to Open War Horse star Jeremy Irvine opens about starring as a young Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and why he's still "excited" for his new movie starring Kevin Spacey to be released By Nigel Smith Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Senior News Editor, Movies at PEOPLE. He is an Entertainment Editor and Writer with more than 10 years of experience in the online and print industries as a journalist, storyteller, proofreader and manager. In 2017 Smith joined the PEOPLE editorial team in New York as News Editor, Movies. He has written feature stories and reviews including interviews with Ryan Reynolds, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Hudson and Russell Crowe. Prior, he served as News Editor at the Wrap in Los Angeles, and Entertainment Editor at the Guardian, also in LA, where he covered the red carpet at major awards shows including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Governors Awards, Grammy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. He also attended and reported on major film festivals at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca. Smith has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous morning and entertainment shows including Good Morning America, Today, NBC News, BBC News, Access Hollywood, NY1, PeopleTV and more. A native of Toronto, Canada, Smith graduated from Syracuse University in New York State with Master of Arts degree in Arts Journalism (Film). He is married and lives in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 19, 2018 03:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Jeremy Irvine is about to have a huge summer. The War Horse star, 28, will soon be seen playing a young Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the anticipated sequel to the 2008 hit musical. And a month from now, he’ll appear in the thriller Billionaire Boys Club, starring Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts…and Kevin Spacey. Despite the former House of Cards‘ actor’s involvement (the film was shot before the sexual harassment allegations against the Oscar winner surfaced), Irvine tells PEOPLE he’s still “excited” for James Cox’s film about rich kids gone bad to come out. “What a lot of people probably don’t realize is just the number of people that are involved in making a movie,” he explains. “For one person to have some really awful accusations made against them, for that to take away from the other thousands of people who’ve poured their hearts and souls into something, that’d be a real shame.” Karwai Tang/WireImage; Dave Benett/Getty Irvine says he felt “mostly just sadness” when the controversy involving Spacey erupted last October, adding “it’s a very good thing” that his accusers came forward. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — Meet the Young New Cast and See Who They Play “I’ve only really been in the business for about seven or eight years, but the difference already that I’ve seen in the way the industry approaches you in auditions and on set — it’s had a real impact,” he says. “So it’s a good thing.” Dave Benett/Getty To play a younger version of Brosnan’s character, Sam, in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which splits its time between the past and the present, Irvine bonded with the former James Bond — but was “very conscious” not to mimic the star in his performance. “I didn’t want to do a Pierce Brosnan impression,” he stresses. RELATED VIDEO: Right Now: Meryl Streep: ‘I think the world needs ‘Mamma Mia!’ more than ever’ at Movie Premiere Still, he admits to being starstruck, explaining, “he was my generation’s James Bond growing up!” “He was so incredibly warm and welcoming and I got to know him really well, which was great,” he adds. Asked if he would ever consider playing the famous spy down the line, Irvine teases, “I don’t think there’s an actor in the world who would say no to that.” Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again opens Friday.