‘Frozen 2’: Is the Original Cast Returning?
Disney’s Frozen debuted to overwhelming success a year ago, but it looks like the phenomenon isn’t dying down anytime soon. Plans for Frozen 2 have reportedly already been set in motion, according to one of the animated film’s stars, Idina Menzel.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, the actress confirmed that both a stage musical and a sequel to the hit film are moving forward. “They’re all in the works,” said Menzel, who voiced the character of Elsa in the movie and was the original singer of “Let it Go,” a tune that has since become the anthem of young fans everywhere and the subject of countless covers and parodies.
Although there’s been plenty of speculation about a sequel in recent months, Menzel is the first of the movie’s original cast members to corroborate that Frozen 2 has been set in motion. Georgina Haig, the actress who plays Elsa on ABC’s fairy tale show Once Upon a Time, previously hinted to IGN that the studio was considering a potential followup. Disney, for its part, has yet to make any kind of official announcement.
Now that Menzel has seemingly confirmed plans for a sequel, there’s still the question of which members from the original core cast will return. When asked about her potential participation, the Broadway star expressed interest, but didn’t divulge any specific details regarding her involvement. “Not the stage show — I don’t know what will happen with that — but the movie, hopefully,” she said. “We’ll see. I’m just going along for the ride.”
Aside from Menzel, the original Frozen cast also featured the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad. So far, there’s been no word from any of the actors on whether they’ll be involved in the sequel. But several of the stars have expressed interest in returning to their now-beloved characters.
Like Menzel, Bell has previously stated that she’d be willing to reprise her role as Elsa’s sister, Anna. “I don’t necessarily know what the story would be, but I would do it and I think that it would kind of be cool to see Olaf and Anna, um, I don’t know, on some sort of adventure,” she told IGN in March. Groff, who played Anna’s love interest, Kristoff, also voiced eagerness at the prospect of a sequel in the past, telling HitFix: “I hope so. That would be awesome.”
In addition to waiting to hear if any the stars who made the original film such a hit will return, fans should also stay tuned to the possibility of new additions to the cast. Before Menzel confirmed the sequel, Frozen creators Jennifer Lee and Christopher Buck discussed which actors are on their wish list to appear in a followup flick, even throwing big names like Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Matthew McConaughey into the mix for their dream cast.
With Disney having yet to actually confirm the sequel, it’s clear that the project is only in its early stages of development and that any followup is likely still a ways away. Given Frozen’s enormous popularity at the box office, though, it’s not a surprise that a sequel has been set in motion. The 2013 film earned more than $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing movie of the year, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and the highest-grossing Walt Disney Pictures release. It also won two Oscars, for Best Original Song for “Let It Go,” and for Best Animated Feature.