It’s finally happening: Disney is planning a return for Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff in Frozen 3.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that a third Frozen movie was in development during a year-end earnings call in February 2023.
The film will follow in the footsteps of 2013’s Frozen and 2019’s Frozen II, which each grossed more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
It’s still very early stages, but here’s everything we know so far about Frozen 3.
Potential Frozen 3 Release Date
Very little is known about when exactly the third Frozen movie is likely to be released. As the movie has just been announced as in development (probably to boost shareholder confidence at a difficult time for Disney), we can assume it’s very soon.
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However, if we look at the Frozen II schedule, we can make an educated guess as to when viewers can expect to return to Arendelle. Frozen II was officially announced by Disney during the 2015 annual meeting of shareholders.
Fans then waited four years for the movie to be released, so we predict that Frozen 3 will be released in 2026 or 2027. However, we really hope it proves otherwise.
The previous two movies were released in November, so we expect the third part to follow suit.
frozen 3 plot
Nothing is known about the plot of Frozen 3 as of yet. Frozen II ended with Princess Anna becoming the queen of Arendelle after Elsa left to become the protector 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 at peace. We wonder if, since the first film was set during the winter magically created by Elsa, 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 movies, several animated shorts filled in the story gaps, keeping fans entertained while they waited for the sequel. We wouldn’t be surprised if Disney does the same thing again.
Speaking in an interview with PopCulture.com, Olaf’s voice actor Josh Gad said a third movie would only happen if there’s a “story worth telling.”
“Frozen 2 wasn’t Frozen 2 until there was a reason for it to exist.”
“If there’s always a story worth telling, I’m sure Jennifer Lee and the amazing Disney animation team will tell that story one day.”
Frozen 3 cast
The cast for Frozen 3 has yet to be confirmed, but we expect to see Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel reprising 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 newcomers to the Frozen II cast and all survived the movie, so it’s possible they’ll be back as well.
Who is making Frozen 3?
The first two Frozen movies were co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, with songwriting couple Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez behind the memorable songs from both movies.
Lee is now Walt Disney Animation Studios’ top creative offering, so it’s unlikely he’ll be able to direct again, but it’s possible he could work on the script like he did on the previous two movies.
In 2019, Lee told Yahoo: “For me [finishing Frozen II] It 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 got to see more history.”
We look forward to the songwriting team coming back.
Frozen 3 is currently in development at Disney.