On July 3 Wetpaint Entertainment reported that actress Georgina Haig has been cast in the role of Elsa, and will appear in the upcoming fourth season of "Once Upon a Time," the ABC fairytale series which will return this fall. The character of Elsa, from the widely successful Disney film "Frozen" that was released last year, was briefly teased during the season three finale of the series. Anna and Kristoff will also be joining the series for a number of episodes to help tell Elsa's story.
The Arendelle monarch is expected to be the villain for the first part of the new season, which follows the tradition of the show putting a twist on the characters who are introduced during each season. The series creators have already confirmed that the series will not redo the events of the film, but the show will pick up after the film has taken place. That means Elsa is the Queen and Anna and Kristoff are together, although the series has changed their story a bit.
Actor Scott Michael Foster has landed the role of Kristoff, and he will live in a castle with his parents instead of being an orphan like in the movie. Foster is best known for playing the role of Cappie on the ABC Family college drama "Greek" for five years. He most recently appeared as batboy Leo on "Chasing Life," a new cancer drama set in Boston. He is expected to appear in multiple episodes and will have a relationship with Anna on the series.
Actress Elizabeth Lail has been cast in the role of Anna, and it is unclear if she is on the same side as her sister. Lail is a relatively unknown actress, whose previous credits include two short films released in 2011 and 2014. She will appear in multiple episodes as a recurring character, and it's possible her appearances could continue in the second half of the season.
People.com revealed on July 3 that Haig was cast, and both Foster and Lail were announced as cast members just hours before. Haig is well known for playing the role of Henrietta Bishop on the science fiction television drama "Fringe" and will appear on the new series "Reckless" as Lee Ann Marcus. The twenty-eight year old actress is Australian, and will work with a voice coach to drop her accent for the series.
"Once Upon a Time" will return with a fourth season of twenty-two episodes this fall on ABC. Production is already underway and filming is expected to begin soon, since the new principal roles have been cast. After the run away success of "Frozen," rumors swirled that the original cast would make appearances on the series since the creators were big fans but this never materialized.
Elsa arrived in present day Storybrooke thanks to an accidental time travel, but it's not clear how Anna and Kristoff will arrive or if they will simply say in another realm. It's likely that the first half of the season will air until the end of 2014 with the second half of the fourth season debuting in the spring of 2015. Over eight million viewers are still tuning in and it's likely that the series will be renewed next year.