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Frozen 3 release date speculation, cast, plot, and news

Elsa and Anna will be making their icy return to the big screen when the Frozen 3 release date finally hits. Here's everything we know.

Frozen 3 release date: Everything we know about Anne and Elsa's next Disney movie

When is Frozen 3 coming out? In 2013, Frozen took the world by snowstorm, gifting Disney fans with a touching story and one of the most successful Disney soundtracks. Following the first movie’s success, Frozen 2 was released in 2019 and continued to build its dazzling legacy.

Set in the kingdom of Arendelle, Frozen follows sisters and Disney princesses Anna and Queen Elsa. In Frozen 2, Anna took over as Queen and all seemed right with the world. But, like any good franchise, the Disney movie left some doors open and in 2023 it was announced that a third movie was in the works! So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about Elsa and Anna’s return.

Frozen 3 release date speculation

We expect Frozen 3 will be released in late 2025, but no firm date has been confirmed yet. But at least we know that a new movie is coming! Frozen 3 was officially confirmed to be in development during Disney’s Q1 earnings call on Tuesday, February 8, 2023, with CEO Bob Iger announcing the big news himself.

He also announced that Zootopia 2 and Toy Story 5 were also in the works. The bad news is that Frozen sequels don’t have the best reputation when it comes to speed. If we take into account the six-year gap between Frozen and Frozen 2, we may be waiting a few more winters before we get a firm update or release window.

However, we doubt that there will be a six-year wait this time since Disney seems to be focused on Frozen’s future. In fact, Iger has also hinted that Frozen 4 may be on its way during an interview with Good Morning America (via Deadline).

So, with the studio potentially already working on another sequel as well, we know that Frozen 3’s development is moving smoothly and that Disney will likely release the film soon to keep up franchise momentum. Keep your eyes on this guide as more updates head our way!

Frozen 3 release date: Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven all hugging in Frozen 2

Who will be in the Frozen 3 cast?

Only two cast members have confirmed their return to the Frozen 3 cast: Idina Menzel as Elsa and Josh Gad as Olaf. 

Josh Gad has confirmed via Twitter (now known as X) that he will reprise his role as the adorable snowman Olaf. Sharing a clip of Elsa, the star wrote: “Excited to head back… into the Unknown.”

Menzel will be back as one of the best Frozen characters, Elsa, as confirmed in an interview with Billboard. “I don’t know a lot,” she said. “To be completely honest, they teased it to us, and I have no idea. They don’t show you a script. They don’t show you anything. All I know is, yeah we are gonna make one, and that’s it. So, I’m like, ‘Cool, I will be able to pay my bills.'”

And we couldn’t have a Frozen movie without Kristen Bell’s Anna, or Jonathan Groff appearing as Anna’s reindeer-obsessed beau, Kristoff, so we expect they’ll both be back, too.

Frozen 3 release date: Elsa in Frozen 2 touching a tree

Here is the expected Frozen 3 cast list:

  • Kristen Bell as Anna
  • Idina Menzel as Elsa
  • Josh Gad as Olaf
  • Jonathan Groff as Kristoff

In Frozen 2, we met an array of new characters with the introduction of Arendelle’s neighboring tribe Northuldra, with Jason Ritter as Ryder and Rachel Matthews as Ryder’s sister, Honeymaren. So, it makes sense that the next movie might also feature new friends for Anna and her gang to meet.

If Frozen 3 delves more into Queen Iduna and King Agnarr’s past, too, we may see Evan Rachel Wood and Alfred Molina reprising their roles in the form of flashbacks. We also know that a new crew will be heading our way since director Jennifer Lee won’t be returning to helm Frozen 3. But for all you Lee fans, don’t worry. Lee is still involved in the production; she just isn’t in the director’s chair this time around.

During an interview in September 2023 with Comicbook.com, Lee assured us that the new movie is coming along great and that she’s been impressed by all the progress she’s seen on it so far.

“The only thing I can say is Bob has announced there’s more Frozen,” she said. “And I’ll say what we are working on, I am very, very, very excited about. That’s all I can say.” If Lee has given Frozen 3 her stamp of approval, then we are pretty confident all the stars will, too. Hopefully, we hear more A-lister additions being added to the cast list soon.

Frozen 3 release date: Idina Menzel as Elsa on a water horse in Frozen 2

What is Frozen 3 going to be about?

Frozen 3 will likely follow Elsa as she continues to explore the magical forest and Ahtohallan, and she might recover lost memories and be able to fill us in on more details about her parents’ pasts, too.

At the end of Frozen 2, we learn the backstory of Elsa and Anna’s parents. It turns out that the two were traveling to Ahtohallan to discover the source of Elsa’s ice powers. We also learned that the sisters’ grandfather cut off the neighboring tribe, Northuldra, from the rest of the world for 34 years and is the cause of the war that has afflicted the two kingdoms for decades.

After discovering the truth about their mother’s identity as Northuldran and freeing the trapped tribe by destroying the dam that Arendelle built in the past, Elsa becomes the ‘fifth spirit’ and chooses to protect the magical forest where the Northuldrans reside.

This basically means that Elsa has become the link between the spirit and the human world, leading Anna to replace her as Arendelle’s Queen since Elsa now has bigger and more mystical things to worry about.

We know that two new movies are extremely likely, with both Josh Gad and Jennifer Lee commenting on the possibility of a fourth Frozen film.

“We’re really excited about where they’re going, and we just have a lot of story to tell with that direction we’re going in,” Lee said [via GamesRadar]. “So, I think, in my head, there may be enough for two in that story. But I’m really, really loving working with the team and where they’re going.”

Meanwhile, Josh Gad not only confirmed that he’d been hearing of two sequels, but also that what he’s seen so far is completely worth the wait:

“No, apparently, there are two Frozen sequels in development right now — surprise! Equally surprised — and I know Jennifer Lee, who wrote and directed the first two, is hard at work with the team right now. I’ve heard a little bit and I can tell you guys, it’s pretty mind-blowing what’s coming. It’s pretty exciting,” he said while appearing on The View.

Although Frozen 2 gave us plenty of juicy details about Elsa and Anna’s parents, it did leave out a lot of info regarding their relationship and some blanks that need filling. We still don’t know how the two reconciled Iduna’s Northulda heritage when the kingdoms were at war.

It was mighty suspicious how well Kristoff seemed to get on with the Northuldran people, who were also reindeer obsessed. Could Kristoff’s real parents have escaped before Arendelle trapped the tribe? We may get a detailed explanation of his origins.

Speaking of Kristoff, he proposed to Anna at the end of Frozen 2, yet we never saw the couple’s big day. There is a lot that Frozen 3 and Frozen 4 can explore, and personally, we can’t wait to see it all on the big screen!

Frozen 3 release date: Elsa using her powers in Frozen 2

Is there a Frozen 3 trailer?

We don’t expect to see a trailer for Frozen 3 until 2025 at the earliest.

We say 2025 because, with the film still in its development stage, a lot of work needs to be done. We doubt Disney can finish the film in under a year. Frozen is a magical but very intensive franchise, and it takes a lot of hands to bring Elsa and Anna to the big screen.

So, while we wait for more Frozen 3 teasers, you can watch some cool making-of featurettes, like the one below:

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Where can I watch Frozen 3?

Frozen 3 will be a theatrical exclusive before becoming available for rental and purchase. Then, it will eventually come to Disney Plus.

Fans can watch Frozen and Frozen 2 on Disney Plus right now. You can grab a subscription using the link below if you’d like.

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