Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed yesterday May 30th according to Breathecast.com
The finale earlier this month teased the debut of Elsa when an urn from Rumplestiltskin’s (Robert Carlyle) castle, which had travelled back through time with Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison), broke open, freeing a young blond woman with ice powers. How she got to Rumplestiltskin's castle, or why she was imprisoned there, will hopefully be explored next season, returning in the fall of 2014.
Viewers immediately recognized the young woman as Elsa, the ice queen from the popular Disney Movie “Frozen”. Horowitz and Kitsis had mentioned in previous interviews earlier in the year that prompting the success and popularity of Disney’s latest feature, that they would love to incorporate the characters of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna in their show.
In keeping with the spirit of the movie, they explained that Elsa would be, possibly not a villain, but misunderstood, as she was in the movie. Horowitz wants to honor the character their fans have fallen in love with so quickly, and in the spirit of true “Once Upon a Time” fashion, will likely give their own twist on her character.
“Once Upon a Time” is headed full speed toward their fourth season, confirmed earlier in the month, with the creators assuring fans the storyline will stay in Storybrooke, rather than jumping realms, which fans have stated caused confusion and frustration. It has given the writers freedom to explain absences of cast members which appear sporadically due to other acting commitments, such as Meghan Ory, and Raphael Sbarge.
Elizabeth Mitchell has been rumored as a favorite to cast as Elsa, and Horowitz and Kitsis have also hinted that Josh Holloway may be cast as one of the “Frozen” characters, but no details have officially been announced. No official confirmation has been given for other characters from the movie to appear, but fans are eagerly awaiting casting decisions regarding Olaf, Anna and possibly Kristoff.
In other news, Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White in the show, has given birth to her baby. Her pregnancy was written into the storyline so she could continue on the show. Her and real life husband Josh Dallas (Prince Charming/David Nolan) welcomed their first child, a boy, Thursday, May 29th, 2014 into the world. Details are being kept quiet, inculding the child's name, but mother and baby are reported to be doing well.
"Once Upon a Time" will return in the Fall of 2014 on ABC.