Fans of Disney’s “Frozen” have been eagerly awaiting a sequel since Elsa first belted “Let it Go” back in 2013, and now 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.
In 2016, Kristen 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 earlier this summer.
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.”