It’s finally here: Disney is planning a return of Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff in Frozen 3.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that a third Frozen film was currently in development during a February 2023 year-end call.
The film follows in the footsteps of 2013’s Frozen and 2019’s Frozen II, which each grossed more than a billion dollars at the global box office.
It’s still very early days, but here’s everything we know about Frozen 3 so far.
Frozen 3 possible release date
Very little is known about when exactly the third Frozen movie is likely to be released. Given that the film has only just been announced as in development (probably to boost shareholder confidence at a difficult time for Disney), we can assume it’s still in its infancy.
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However, looking at the time frame for Frozen II, we can make an educated guess about when moviegoers can expect to return to Arendelle. Frozen II was officially announced by Disney at its 2015 annual shareholders’ meeting.
Fans then waited four years for the film to be released, so we predict that Frozen 3 will be released in 2026 or 2027. However, we really hope to be proven wrong.
The two previous films were released in November, so we expect the threequel to follow.
Frozen 3 lot
Nothing is known about the plot of Frozen 3 so far. Frozen II ended with Princess Anna becoming the Queen of Arendelle after Elsa left to become the Guardian of the Enchanted Forest and live among the Northuldran people.
Anna had also accepted Kristoff’s marriage proposal and life in the magical kingdom seemed to be peaceful. We wonder if, since the first film was set during Elsa’s magically created winter, and the sequel was more autumnal, Frozen 3 could explore the season of spring.
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In the gap between the first two Frozen films, a number of animated shorts filled in the gaps in the story, keeping fans entertained as they waited for the sequel. We wouldn’t be surprised if Disney does the same thing again.
In an interview with PopCulture.com, Olaf voice actor Josh Gad said a third movie would only come if there’s a “story worth telling.”
“Frozen 2 wasn’t Frozen 2 until there was a reason to exist.”
“If there’s always a story worth telling, I’m sure Jennifer Lee and the amazing team at Disney Animation will tell that story one day.”
Frozen 3 cast
No cast has yet been confirmed for Frozen 3, but we expect Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel to reprise their roles as Anna and Elsa, respectively. Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff are also likely to return as Olaf and Kristoff.
Martha Plimpton, Sterling K. Brown, Alfred Molina, Jason Ritter, and Rachel Matthews were cast newcomers in Frozen II who all survived the movie, so they could also return.
Who makes Frozen 3?
The first two Frozen films were co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, with songwriter pair Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez behind the memorable songs from both films.
Lee is now Walt Disney Animation Studios’ main creative offering, so it’s unlikely she’ll be able to return to direct, but she may be able to work on the script like she did on the previous two films.
In 2019, Lee told Yahoo: “For me [finishing Frozen II] felt final.”
“But we always say ‘never say never’. I think what made this one special is that we both confessed that we didn’t want to leave this world. We naively went into this because we love [the characters] and we could see more story.
We fully expect the songwriting team to return.
Frozen 3 is currently in development at Disney.