There are only three people not completely and utterly excited for the Disney sequel – Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik, Kristen Bell’s daughter and that guy whose wife divorced him because he didn’t like the first movie.
If, like us, you don’t fall into that narrow category, you’re pretty psyched for our eventual return to the land of Arendelle. But what do we know about it so far?
It looks like Elsa is investigating her past, but what she finds there could put her – and the world – in danger. “We have always feared Elsa’s powers were too much for this world. Now we must hope they are enough,” the Troll King warns.
We do at least know that the water horse Elsa meets in the trailer is a Nokk, a “mythical water spirit” who guards the secrets of the forest by using “the power of the ocean”.
Frozen 2 release date: When can we expect it?
The sequel was originally meant to arrive in US and UK cinemas on November 27, before Disney moved the release forward to November 22.
Filming began on the sequel in September 2017 with Jonathan Groff back as Kristoffand Kristen Bell teasing that it won’t be a typical sequel , rather it will be “a story that needs to be told” within the Oscar-winning animated movie’s chilly universe.
And if you want to see how the sequel got made, you’re in luck as there will be a companion series on Disney+ when it launches later this year called Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2.
As we’ve waited for the sequel, we’ve had two shorts from within the Frozen universe: Frozen Fever and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
Frozen 2 plot: The new Elsa
Even though we’ve now had the first trailer, we still don’t know all that much about the sequel’s plot, other than that it’ll see Anna, Elsa and co go on an adventure.
We do know though that it picks up after a time jump of three years, thanks to Head of Animation Becky Bresee.
“It’s an evolution and an expansion of the story of Frozen, and many of the questions raised in the first movie become the mysteries that our gang are trying to solve in this film,” said Bresee. “Why was Elsa born with her powers?”
Co-director Chris Buck has said that the sequel will see the next evolution in the lives of the series’ stars Anna, Kristoff and Olaf, but it sounds like the biggest change will be reserved for Elsa.
“[In Frozen] she had such a dramatic journey, and at the end she’s just starting to feel like she can open up and have some fun again,” he told Fandango. “That’s what was really good about the short [2015’s Frozen Fever] – we could have fun with Elsa. And that personality… you will see in the next one.”
The filmmakers actually came up with the ending for Frozen 2 first and worked back from that to create the sequel.
Rumours have included everything from a love story for Olaf to a story about how Anna and Elsa aren’t really biological sisters and how this affects their relationship – which sounds just right-on enough to be a distinct possibility.
Some fans asked for Elsa to get a girlfriend in the second film and Frozen 2 co-director Jennifer Lee responded to those requests for a lesbian plotline while promoting Disney feature A Wrinkle in Time.
“We have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things,” Lee said. “Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us. I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.”
Tony winner Idina Menzel has also said an online petition to give her Elsa (the character she voices) a girlfriend was “great.”
Menzel has been comparing the sequel to “a real girl power, badass kind of superhero type of movie”, adding: “They’re really strong, the two sisters, and it’s exciting. The music is beautiful.”
Frozen 2 cast: They’re back!
The core cast of Frozen are all getting back together for the sequel, with Bell (Anna) confirming that Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad are all joining her.
No word yet on whether Santino Fontana will be bringing back wicked Prince Hans into our lives, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.
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Both Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K Brown have also been linked with the production. Neither have been confirmed officially yet.
Could Evan Rachel Wood be playing Elsa’s girlfriend? Fans certainly think so after the first trailer was released, showing a new female character who appears to have powers.
Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (the latter having been named head of Walt Disney Animation) are both returning behind the metaphorical camera once more, with Peter Del Vecho back in the producer’s chair. We’re in good hands, people.
Hidden Figures writer Allison Schroeder has also joined Frozen 2 to work on the script and will assist Lee.
Frozen 2 is released in cinemas on November 22.
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