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Frozen 3 Release - What We Know So Far

While it hasn't been officially announced yet, fans of the "Frozen" franchise have been speculating about the possibility of "Frozen III" since the release of "Frozen II." The sequel picked up where the events of 2013's "Frozen" left off. While Elsa went in search of answers about the origin of her ice powers, Anna, Kristoff, and the much-loved snowman Olaf attempted to reverse a terrible curse placed on the people of the Northuldra tribe. Following its November 2019 debut, "Frozen II" made over a billion dollars at the box office, making it one of a handful of Disney movies to do so. 

Since then, fans have only gotten a tiny taste of the world of Arendelle through a short film called "Once Upon a Snowman," released on Disney+ in late 2020. But, as any true Disney fanatic will tell you, a taste is more than enough to tantalize. "Frozen" fans are yearning for more than a little piece of their favorite sweet, chilly folktale. With the status of "Frozen III" still unannounced, here's what we know so far about the next potential chapter of Anna and Elsa's adventures.

When will Frozen 3 be released?

With no official announcement that "Frozen III" is happening, it's unclear what release date Disney has in mind. We do know that animated projects generally take a long time to produce. There's a reason why animated movies are announced a few years in advance and animated TV shows like "Bob's Burgers" and "The Simpsons" receive multi-year renewals from their home network (via The Wrap). We're talking about years of production time put in on animation rigging, voiceover recording, and careful effects editing. All of that work can take months (or years) to get just right.

Although a version of "Frozen" had been in the works at Disney since the late 1930s, the final one audiences saw in theaters in 2013 was officially announced in 2011 (via The Hollywood Reporter). "Frozen II" was greenlit in 2015, per Variety, and released in 2019. The multi-year production schedules of these two movies have helped set expectations on the production and release date for "Frozen III." 

Should "Frozen III" be greenlit in 2021, we can expect a two-year production period at minimum, although production could go longer. This means we wouldn't see "Frozen III" on the big screen until 2023, but it's far likelier that a threequel would hit theaters after this date. This will give Disney time to promote the other movies on its release slate, including the enchanting animated tale "Encanto," which arrives in November, and the Disney/Pixar film "Turning Red," slated for an early 2022 debut.

Who will be cast in Frozen 3?

No official casting announcements for "Frozen III" have been made as of late summer 2021. Naturally, the "Frozen" franchise would be nothing without its lead voice cast, so we expect them to return for a threequel. The sweetness of Kristen Bell as Anna of Arendelle and the powerhouse belting of Idina Menzel as her adventurous, independent sister Elsa are as important to the "Frozen" world as its sweeping snow-covered vistas. Plus, Josh Gad's iconic take on Olaf the Snowman and Jonathan Groff's Kristoff are vital components of the film series.

It's also easy to presume that the key supporting actors who appeared in "Frozen II" would return for "Frozen III." This includes Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Sterling K. Brown, and Rachel Matthews. The respective characters played by these four actors would be essential if "Frozen III" further explores Elsa's new role as protector of the Enchanted Forest and the reunification of the worlds of Arendelle and Northuldra.

What is the plot of Frozen 3?

No official plot has been announced for "Frozen III," but "Frozen II" left a few dangling plot threads at its conclusion which a new movie could easily pick up. The biggest remaining question: How will Elsa perform in her role as the protector of the Enchanted Forest? She seems content at the conclusion of "Frozen II," but as the movie established, she's naturally restless and curious at heart. Also, we know Anna assumed the throne of Arendelle upon Elsa's abdication. Would she rule with ease and grace? Would the unification between Arendelle and Northuldra continue peacefully? Or could someone (or something) try to wreck the harmony Elsa and Anna have created? 

Another pressing question "Frozen III' could answer: Will Kristoff and Anna get married? He proposed to her at the end of "Frozen II," and she accepted. As queen of the realm, it's likely that her subjects would expect her to produce heirs, or at least enter into a marriage for the good of the state, so a love match with a commoner — even a good man like Kristoff — might cause conflict or scandal. The dichotomy between Anna's desires and what's expected of a queen would make for an interesting plot and put a fresh twist on Disney's traditional princess stories. 

All of these questions await answers, and we hope that "Frozen III" will provide them.