‘Frozen 2’: What Idina Menzel Says About the Sequel
For the first time in forever, we’re getting some clues to the most awaited movie sequel of the year with the release of the Frozen 2 trailer! Even though the film isn’t set to hit theaters until November, fans are eagerly awaiting to see the adventures of Anna and Elsa along with the rest of the Arendelle gang.
So what does the Queen Elsa, voiced by the uber-talented Idina Menzel, think of the sequel?
Think major girl power …
Just as we thought (and hoped), the sisters of Arendelle will be portrayed as the epitome of female strength. “It’s a real girl power, badass kind of superhero type of movie,” Menzel told the Hollywood Reporter. “They’re really strong, the two sisters, and it’s exciting. The music is beautiful.”
As in the first installment, Frozen 2 strays from the well-worn “damsel in distress who gets saved by a prince” routine, focusing on the power that comes from inner resolve and a strong sisterhood.
“It resonates even more today considering that it’s a story that is about women finding what makes them extremely powerful and beautiful in their life,” Menzel said in the Hollywood Reporter article. “It’s about not compromising who you are. It’s about taking that thing that makes you so powerful and harnessing it and using it to change the world for the better.”
Menzel sees Elsa as similar to ‘Wicked’s’ Elphaba
Menzel’s blockbuster performance as Elphaba in the widely acclaimed play Wicked earned her a Tony Award in 2004, according to Playbill. She recently commented to the Hollywood Reporter on the parallels between Frozen’s Elsa and Wicked’s Elphaba.“Elsa, Elphaba, they’re young women that are afraid of their incredible power and then learn a way to harness that,” Menzel said.
While Elsa is certainly an iconic role, Menzel also conveyed her gratitude for playing Elphaba. “When you get to grow up with something…your whole life a certain character…she keeps changing you.… I felt like you saw me,” Menzel told the Hollywood Reporter, where she said playing Elphaba’s Wicked Witch of the West was “the greatest privilege of my life.”
Who’s returning from the original
Of course, Kristen Bell will be reprising her role as Princess Anna. Bell spoke of her part in the script for Frozen 2 telling Comic Book, “We (writer/director Jennifer Lee and Bell) sat down as she was writing the second one and she said ‘ya know you had a hand in creating this character. What do you think her next step should be? What’s her next hurdle, her next epiphany. What do you go through that’s similar to her?’ I told her a lot of things that I had personally been going through and why I thought that resonated with what I think Anna would be feeling and she wrote that into the script.”
Though moviegoers will be introduced to new characters including a giant or two, they won’t have to let go of fan favorites Kristoff (played by Jonathan Groff) and the infamous Olaf (played by Josh Gad) who are back for the sequel, according to Entertainment Weekly. In addition to Lee, director Chris Buck is also returning, along with the Academy Award-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Frozen earned approximately $1.3 billion worldwide at the box office, according to Time. Fans have been given a few movie morsels to hold them over since the original, including the recent trailer to the sequel and two Disney shorts, Frozen Fever and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, according to Cinemablend. With anticipation for the sequel at a new height, it’s a solid bet that Frozen 2 is will surpass its predecessor in sales.