It looks like the ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” is jumping on the “Frozen” bandwagon. The upcoming season of the primetime fantasy drama will feature characters from the hit Disney kiddie movie, according to a report on Tuesday by TVLine.
Fans of the fairytale-themed show got a teaser when “Frozen” character Queen Elsa of Arendelle suddenly appeared in Storybrooke, the fictional Maine town the series is set in, on the season 3 finale. The ice queen’s face was not shown, but she was portrayed in her trademark blue dress and waved her hand to pull off an impressive instant deep freeze before she walked off into the distance. Ever since that May 11 scene in the two-part finale, “Snow Drifts”/”There’s No Place Like Home,” fans of “Once Upon a Time” have been speculating on who will play the iconic character in the upcoming season.
Alas, that casting announcement hasn’t been made yet, so fans will have to wait a little longer to find out whose face is behind that mysterious blonde braid. But ABC has now has confirmed that “Frozen” characters Anna (Queen Elsa’s younger sister) and Kristoff (Anna’s ice picker beau) have been cast. Actress Elizabeth Lail will play Princess Anna, and “Greek” star Scott Michael Foster will star as Kristoff. The new “Frozen” characters will debut on the drama in season 4 with a storyline that will pick up shortly after the events in the popular Disney movie, with Kristoff adjusting to life in the castle. (The outdoorsman will sleep indoors for the first time in his life!)
But, as Time magazine points out, there’s no guarantee that Elsa will be a good queen for her small screen debut. As we saw in the movie, the character easily alternates into an evil queen, and her icy entrance in the “OUAT” season 3 finale didn’t appear to be particularly warm. We’ll have to wait to see if the princess loving younger fans of the show will welcome the icy icon with open arms.
Incidentally, it’s not exactly a big surprise that the “Frozen” characters are making their way to “Once Upon a Time.” The movie was one of the biggest box office successes of 2013, and the ABC network is owned by Disney.