Is the 'Frozen' Cast Returning For the Sequel?

by Kenya Foy

So, in the event you've been detached from the Interwebs today and haven't heard by now, actress Idina Menzel — who voiced Elsa in the first Frozen film — reportedly confirmed that a Frozen sequel is in development, basically making Thanksgiving weekend 10x better. This is exciting news for even casual fans of Frozen — even though not much is known about the sequel yet since word that it's even happening in the first place has only just been disclosed. However, while we may know nothing about the plot, there is one thing we unfortunately do know: After revealing that Frozen 2 is in the works during an interview with The Telegraph , Menzel added that she's even sure whether she'll reprise her role as ice queen Elsa — just that she hopes to be involved. So, as of now, it's really not clear who's going to be in Frozen 2.

Sequels typically involve a twist of some sort, so the introduction of additional cast members, supporting or otherwise, would make sense — in fact, before the sequel announcement, there were rumors that everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Jamie Foxx might make an appearance. That said, though, one of the main questions on the minds of fans is probably whether or not the core cast will be returning for Frozen 2. After all, it's the original cast including Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad that propelled the film's popularity to its current position as one of Disney's all-time favorites.

Though we don't have any official confirmation from the original Frozen cast that they'll be involved in the sequel, what better way to predict the future is there apart from checking out the past? Things could always change, but for now, revisiting what the core cast members have said about a Frozen sequel in the past might give us an idea of whether or not they'd be on board...

Kristen Bell

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When previously asked about possibly reprising her role as Anna in a sequel to Frozen , Bell told IGN, "I don’t necessarily know what the story would be, but I would do it and I think that it would kind of be cool to see Olaf and Anna, um, I don’t know, on some sort of adventure."

Verdict: Sounds like she's in!

Idina Menzel

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"It was such a dream of mine to be in the Disney family and become an animated queen," Menzel told Cosmopolitan.com in April. Per US Weekly, the actress addressed reprising her role in a Broadway production by saying, "I'm always afraid to hope for something because I don't want to be disappointed," she said at the time. "Instead of worrying, why not enjoy the idea of the positive outcome, and if it doesn't happen, you get over it."

Verdict: Hmm...Menzel sounds hesitant to express her interest in a sequel, but sounds like she'll be happy with the results, no matter what happens.

Jonathan Groff

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When TotalFilm.com asked Groff what kind of big song or production number he'd want in a Frozen sequel, he said, "I would love to do a duet with my reindeer again, but then like a 'Puttin' on the Ritz' dance number."

Verdict: Fred Astaire meets Frozen? Clearly, Groff's given this some thought. He might've told Vulture he's not "hot enough" for a Broadway version, but the fact that he has a Frozen 2 wish list of songs bodes well for Groff's potential involvement in the sequel.

Josh Gad

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"I can tell you right now that I wrote the creative team and I said, 'If Melissa McCarthy is not playing Olaf’s love interest in this movie, then I’m not going to be a part of any Frozen sequel,'" Gad told VH1 in April.

Verdict: Gad's already chosen his love interest?! Someone sign him up already! (And Melissa McCarthy too, please.)

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