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Frozen 2: Release date, trailers, cast and everything we know so far – CNET

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Elsa, Anna and Kristoff are back in Frozen 2. 

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Elsa and Anna are getting ready to come back in Frozen 2, the sequel to Disney’s 2013 animated hit. This time, they’re heading out on a dangerous journey in search of answers about Elsa’s magical powers. 

Trailers released so far show Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven venturing beyond their home of Arendelle. In one clip, Elsa tries to use her freezing powers to run across violent waves but is ultimately taken down by the water. 

The follow-up to the 2013 original film has big shoes to fill. Frozen is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. 

Here’s everything we know so far about the much-anticipated sequel. (Read: Frozen 2 en español.)

Release date and where to watch

Frozen 2 hits theaters Nov. 22 in the US and UK and Dec. 26 in Australia. It’ll also be available for streaming on the Disney Plus service next summer.

Trailers and clips

Disney has released a few trailers leading up to Frozen 2, the latest on Sept. 23. A teaser showing Elsa battling violent waves, released in February, became the most watched animated trailer of all time within 24 hours.

A clip for the film came out in April during a presentation for the Disney Plus streaming video service. It showed Anna kneeling in front of Olaf, who says, “I don’t think Elsa’s OK.” The clip also features a voice-over of a troll saying, “You must find the truth.”

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Disney also shared new footage of Frozen 2 at its D23 event in Anaheim, California, in August, as well as a new song. It was also revealed that Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood will be joining the cast as Lieutenant Matthias and Queen Iduna (Anna and Elsa’s mom), respectively.

In the official trailer released Sept. 23, Elsa must follow a voice that’s calling to her to save Arendelle. She’s joined by Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven as they venture into an enchanted forest. At the beginning of the trailer, we see a flashback of Anna and Elsa’s dad sharing a story about that forest, which he describes as “a magical place, but something went wrong. Since then, no one can get in or out.” 

Disney also released a clip on Sept. 30 featuring fresh footage of the gang’s venture into the enchanted lands, along with a snippet of a new song called Into the Unknown. In addition, the studio launched preorders for the Frozen 2 soundtrack, which features tracks sung by actors including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff. It includes end-credit songs performed by Panic At The Disco, Kacey Musgraves and Weezer. The soundtrack is set for a Nov. 15 release. 

Cast

Plot rumors

We don’t know much about the plot just yet, but there have been rumors and speculation circling the film since it was announced in 2015.

One of the most popular rumors is that Elsa will be getting a female love interest — something that’s drawn commentary from cast and crew. Idina Menzel said in a 2016 interview that the move would be great, and that she’d support the decision “no matter what.” Director Jennifer Lee said last year there were “tons of conversations” about whether Elsa would have girlfriend, adding, “We’ll see where we go.”

Speculation about the relationship stemmed in part from fans saying Let It Go, the Oscar-winning song from Frozen, is an LGBT+ anthem because of lyrics like “Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I’ve tried” and “Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know.” But songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez told IGN at D23 that Elsa won’t have a love interest in the film, saying that “Like the first movie, Elsa is not just defined by a romantic interest.”

We also may get to know more about Anna, Elsa and their parents. Lee has said she “spent time writing these journals as the girls” to better understand them, and Anderson-Lopez said in an interview last year that after working on the Broadway version of Frozen, “we know the parents a lot better.”

Kristen Bell has said the movie will feature “a couple new characters that you will fall in love with.”

A trailer for the film shows two young characters, who some Twitter users have speculated are Anna and Kristoff’s children. 

Bell chimed in herself, responding to a tweet asking “who is SHE” with “Hmmmm…..”

Originally published June 11 and will be updated frequently as more news about Frozen 2 comes in.