Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee announced some details about the sequel earlier this week, including some new songs.
“We have a new song that I think is an evolution,” Lee told Variety. “It’s its own song…Bobby [Lopez] and Kristen [Anderson-Lopez] just delivered it three weeks ago. We’ve been working with them for two years and this song just came in and I love it.”
This song is one of four chosen for the film. “We have three more to go,” Lee adds.
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez form an Oscar-winning songwriting team who worked on the original film and are confirmed to be working on Frozen 2, saying they’ve dug deeper into the characters in the world of Arendelle. They’ve even recorded a song with Kristen Bell. It’s all still hush-hush.
“There’s a new energy of us just being fearless,” Lee said. “What we’re really investing in now is what is the future generation of filmmakers…We’re taking our seasoned directors and they’re mentoring. There’s an energy of bringing new voices in and creating films that just push us to the next place. The doors are open for everyone to really participate.”
The plot, Lee revealed, will focus on Elsa (Idina Menzel) and will be “bigger, more epic” than the first and will extend “far out of Arendelle.”
The films original voice cast Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), Santino Fontana (Hans), and Alan Tudyk (Duke) are all expected to return. Along with Wood, Sterling K. Brown is a new addition to the cast.
Lee’s directing partner Chris Buck is also on board. Peter Del Vecho is producing. Allison Schroeder the screenwriter behind Hidden Figures and Christopher Robin is assisting Lee with writing duties. As of now the plot is unknown. We did report a while back that Anna and Elsa’s mom may have a role in the upcoming film.
Frozen 2 is set to hit theaters on November 22, 2019.