“Frozen 2” Confirmed
Just when you were finally getting the songs of Frozen like “Let It Go” out of your heads, Disney confirmed the sequel to the Oscar-winning film in the company’s annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco Thursday.
John Lasseter, the chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios, announced Frozen 2 with Bob Iger, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company.
Also present at the meeting was Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf in Frozen (2013) and Frozen Fever (2015).
According to Benzinga.com, “the team had so much fun making the short Frozen Fever that it was excited to make a sequel,” Lasseter said.
As of right now, the sequel does not have a release date or a plot line.
The announcement occurred just a few months after the first film’s directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee said that there was no second film in the works.
Buck told The Huffington Post earlier in March that the two directors were taking “a breather” from further Frozen projects.
“It was really nice to do a short and just get back with these characters who we love without the pressure of having to do a huge sequel,” he said about working on Frozen Fever.
Despite Buck’s words, the announcement of a sequel to the highest-grossing animated film of all time was not a surprise since Frozen made $1.219 billion at the box-office.
Frozen is the story of two sisters, Anna and Elsa, who live in the kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa is about to be crowned Queen, and, after her coronation, she accidentally turns her kingdom to ice and flees into the mountains. Anna must find her sister to try and return the land to normal as well as bring her sister home with the help of a mountain man, his reindeer and a talking snowman named Olaf of Elsa’s creation.
Josh Gad Soon to Join Cast of Live-Action “Beauty and The Beast” Film
Josh Gad is in final talks to join the cast of the live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney film, Beauty and the Beast, as Le Fou, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On Friday, Gad tweeted out a side-by-side photo comparing the cartoon Le Fou to a picture of himself in a similar pose to the character. The tweet appeared to confirm the actor’s role in the film.
Gad will play Le Fou, who The Hollywood Reporter described as “the buffoonish and loyal sidekick to the manly hunter Gaston.”
Gad is most known for his role as the voice of Olaf, the talking snowman in Frozen and Frozen Fever. He will also voice Olaf in the upcoming sequel to Frozen, Frozen 2.
In addition, he is the first American to join the cast, which has been made up of British stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans up to this point.
As of Sunday, Harry Potter star Watson will play Belle and Downton Abbey star Stevens will be the Beast as well as the Prince. Evans, who played Bard in The Hobbit films, has been cast as the film’s antagonist, Gaston.
Bill Condon, known for Dreamgirls (2006) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012), is directing the film while David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who are both known for The Proposal(2009) and The Fighter (2010), are producing.
Beauty and the Beast, originally named “La Belle et la Bête,” is a French fairy tale about a young woman who takes her father’s place as prisoner in a beast’s castle. In the end, the young woman and the beast, who is later revealed to be a cursed prince, end up falling in love and attempt to break his spell.
The live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is set to premiere in theaters sometime in 2016.