Article updated February 13, 2019
Fans of Disney’s “Frozen” have been eagerly awaiting a sequel since Elsa first belted “Let it Go” back in 2013, and luckily, Disney announced the release date for “Frozen 2” has been moved up one week to November 22, 2019.
The sequel, previously scheduled to arrive on November 27, 2019, brings audiences back to Arendelle for more adventures with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf. Besides the release date, what else do we know about the upcoming film?
Plot & Characters
Story details for “Frozen 2” are still tightly under wraps at this point. We do know that Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), and Josh Gad (Olaf) are returning to reprise their roles from the original film, but what they’ll be getting up to in the sequel is still a mystery. In addition, Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood have reportedly joined the voice cast in undisclosed roles.
On February 13, 2019, Disney released the first teaser trailer for the movie. While providing the first real glimpse at “Frozen 2,” this trailer leaves a lot of questions unanswered and its tone is rather dramatic. Take a look below.
In addition to the teaser trailer, Josh Gad said fans could find quite a few surprises in the minimalist poster for “Frozen 2.” We can see four symbols visible within the snowflake, and these symbols also seem to appear in the trailer during one particular scene with Anna — scroll down to see Gad’s tweet and the image from the teaser trailer.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 13, 2019
What do these symbols mean? According to Entertainment Weekly, fans are theorizing they could represent the four elements (earth, water, fire, and air) or the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn).
Fans are also wondering who this new character could be, but unfortunately for us, Kristen Bell isn’t giving away any answers on Twitter.
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) February 13, 2019
In 2016, Bell briefly discussed the script while chatting with Collider. “It took them a while because they wanted to figure out what story they needed to tell and what would be important and engaging and I think they found it,” she said.
Since the release of “Frozen” in 2013, fans have speculated that Elsa may have a female love interest in the sequel. Her arc in the first film (being hidden away because she’s different, told to suppress her emotions, and finally embracing who she is in the end) is viewed as a parallel to issues faced in the LGBTQIA+ community. The movie’s screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee told Huffington Post, “I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film ― that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people. It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations.”
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who directed the first movie, return to direct the sequel. Lee is once again writing the script, though Allison Schroeder (“Hidden Figures”) was brought on to assist with the script after Lee was named the head of Walt Disney Animation Studios in Summer 2018.
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning songwriting duo who worked on “Frozen” and the Broadway musical, are also returning for “Frozen 2.” At the musical’s opening night party in March 2018, they revealed Kristen Bell had already recorded a new song for the sequel.
In the same interview with Variety, Anderson-Lopez also hinted the musical’s hidden folk, who replaced the rock trolls from the movie, may make an appearance in the sequel. “We’ve thought a lot more about those hidden folk,” Anderson-Lopez said. “That’s all I’m going to say.”