‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 4 Casts ‘Frozen’ Characters

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In the first three seasons of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, the show’s creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have made a point of incorporating fairytale characters ranging from classic lore to more modern stories. Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), and Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) have all been adapted for the series. Additionally, beloved characters from Disney animated films have appeared on the show: Mulan (Jamie Chung), Belle (Emilie de Ravin), and Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), just to name a few.

Once Upon a Time has also explored non-fairytale characters such as those in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and, most recently, L. Frank Baum‘s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

However, the last scene in the season 3 finale of Once Upon a Time teased the appearance of a classic fairytale that has been updated for a modern generation: Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, or as we now know it, Frozen. The short scene showed the movie’s main character, Elsa, in a way that the actress playing the snow queen could not be identified, but now Once Upon a Time has announced who will be portraying the role.

The Wrap is reporting that Once Upon a Time has found their Elsa in Australian actress Georgina Haig (Fringe). Although the finale scene teased only the arrival of Elsa in Storybrooke, Once Upon a Time has also cast the roles of Anna, Elsa’s sister, and Kristoff, Anna’s beau. TVLine is reporting that Scott Michael Foster – who most famously played Cappie on ABC Family’s Greek – will portray Kristoff and newcomer Elizabeth Lail will play Anna.

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Georgina Haig, Elizabeth Lail, and Scott Michael Foster

Although Once Upon a Time explained Elsa’s arrival in Storybrooke – by means of an interdimensional time-jumping portal after escaping the confines of Rumplestiltskin’s magical vault – it’s unclear whether Anna and/or Kristoff will travel to the small Maine town from their home of Arendelle, or if viewers will see the beautiful kingdom first depicted in Frozen.

After the finale, Kitsis and Horowitz gave some hints as to how they may portray Elsa in the show; they said they liked that she was “misunderstood,” which fits in with many of the characters on Once Upon a Time.

For instance, the Evil Queen has undergone a major character arc in the first three seasons. She started out as show’s main antagonist, but has become one of the good guys. Given Elsa’s transition from misunderstood ice witch to beloved queen, it’s certainly easy to see her fit in on Once Upon a Time.

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However, where or when Anna and Kristoff will fit into the storyline is a little bit harder to guess. It’s possible they may only appear in flashbacks, exploring Elsa’s character before she arrived in Storybrooke and how she wound up trapped in Rumplestiltskin’s vault. Once Upon a Time used the characters of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in a similar fashion: they appeared in episode flashbacks that explained how Zelena became the Wicked Witch of the West.

With the casting of Haig, Foster, and Lail – whether they inspire excitement in fans or not – it’s clear that Kitsis and Horowitz are committed to exploring their own storyline using the characters of Frozen. Given the success and popularity of the animated feature, it’s not at all surprising, but fans will have to wait until season 4 begins to find out if the big screen characters can find success on Once Upon a Time.

Once Upon a Time will return to ABC for season 4 in Fall 2014.

Source: The Wrap,TVLine

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  1. Disney needs to stop Letting Go of creativity…..
    See what I did there….
    …..I’ll see myself out.

  2. Fables would have been a much more better show…

    • ^This
      It’s just not something I’d wanna see on cable TV because they’d have to cut it.

    • much more better….

  3. OK I get that Frozen was a big success for Disney but they really should stop milking it too much. I feel that there’s way better stories to tell than Frozen in Once Upon A Time, for an example Aladdin will be great and also have maybe Tarzan or something.

    • i heard somewhere that the inclusion of Frozen characters was not Disney’s idea, it was the crew of the show who came up with the idea of bringing the characters and Disney gave the approval

      • But since they were aired on ABC, which is owned by Disney, they’re practically milking it…

        That’s why Disney give them approval (i think)

    • Hey, if people want it, why not show it? I don’t think Tarzan is the craze right now…

      • Maybe. but there are a few Tarzan reboots in the works right now.

        • I LO-OVE this movie, Disney can milk it all they want. It’s too good to go out quickly.

    • They did Aladdin in their once upon a time in wonderland series so I doubt they would cross it over here.

    • Or Pocahontas, even though she really did exist and it kind of fits due to the region (east coast) Or Hercules, it’s not a fairytale but it’s not real either.

    • You probably won’t see much of Aladdin In once upon a time they already used that in once upon a time, wonder land or something.

  4. Still haven’t seen it, that song is annoying.

    • Let it go, girl. Don’t let them see you cry.

      • Haha that was hilarious! Let it goooo, let it gooooooo <3

  5. I know I’m in the minority here but Frozen is WAYYYYY overrated. I do like the snowman character and the animation is top notch. However, story is boring.

  6. I can relate a little to Elsa’s feelings in frozen and her journey to get passed those feelings meant a lot to me, so I think when people say it’s overrated, I think they are underestimating life a little bit… Elsa (for those who don’t know) is a metaphor of depression btw. My honest opinion about them putting frozen in once upon a time is a definite NO!!!! I love frozen and I feel like this show might really ruin my favorite Disney movie….. Why don’t they try something like idk…. Tangled or Aladdin or something…. Or make thier own fairy tale. I don’t really like this show (except for the evil queen in snow white’s story, Captain Hook and Mulan) I think the actors/did an amazing job). Other than that they need to put some serious thought into this show… PLZ DONT PUT FROZEN IN THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Once Upon a Time might ruin YOUR movie? The OUaT fandom…or rather those of us that have been there from the begining hate all these people like you coming in and spouting off ridiculous statements like that. Also, you need to actually research what was already in the show before you type things up. Also, spell check is a wonderful thing, don’t you know?

      You see, OUaT used to be creative. Now it’s just some sort of live-action Disney thing with a few actual fairytale characters thrown in. You didn’t want Frozen in the show? Well neither did we! Keep that rubish and those horrible actors out of our show!

      Furthermore, Elsa is merely an over-rated Mary Sue. Seriously, all she does is ANGST about NOTHING!

  7. Actually, they can put the characters but they should not ruin the story of Frozen… Also there is no Elsa without the song… She has to sing it well… And in season 4 I am just waiting to see PRINCE NEAL…

  8. Once Upon A Time is a great Series, it is my favourite! Just because Frozen has came into it, that doesn’t mean it will get rubbish just wait and see how it goes you might like it, Elza’s live story is a bit like mine as well but I still like how they have put her into Once Upon A Time!

  9. I am a 34 year old mother of three ,now that i am growing older , and dealing with many responsibilities,it made me forget how magical life can be , like the kind that watching “Once upon a time ” ,made me feel ! I feel like a kid all over again! This has been my favorite film series ever created ! I wish it never ends!

  10. You know what I hate? When people just assume that when their favorite movie is put into a tv show they never heard of, it’s gonna suck. Come on man, what if ABC makes a great successor to frozen? Can’t we just wait and see how this turns out before pushing the panic button?

  11. I love this show, but can we say “Jump the Shark” with the Frozen storyline? And the Fantasia hat?

  12. well i don’t get much but ……lol lol lol PLEASE MAKE ANNA MORE FAMOUS

  13. I love this show I watch it every sunday.

    • The first season was awesome, the writing first rate and the story line refreshing and unique. I’ve watched every episode, and each season the story has become less and less convincing, more and more convoluted and contrived. Its sad to see such strong characters as Snow White and Charming reduced to nothing more than soap opera level characters and to have their roles become so uninteresting.

      I think the story has run its course, it most likely should have ended at the second season with some kind of resolution for the original characters, because at this point, none of the original characters truly exist.

  14. I love this show!

  15. I hate that they put frozen in there. One upon a time WAS my favorite show, but then they had to ruin it with their dumb Frozen thing. Just because it’s great with kids doesn’t mean it will go good with older and more mature audiences. This will either go really good with audiences or really bad. See, frozen has been getting involved with everything. Every time I go to the mall, I see at least 4 things related to frozen. Not to mention how stupid the storyline is, but frozen is not an original fairy tale. You know, a story that has been around for generations. Cinderella, sleeping beauty, red riding hood. But frozen has only been around a few years, and now OUAT is sucked into the fad as well. And I get that some people may like it, but what exactly are you going to do with a story like that. But hey, people are entitled to their own opinion, and this is mine.

  16. I stopped watching the show after episode 4. The story isnt going anywhere, all these stupid problems that they continuously have just drags on. Last year was also hard to watch, punishment at best.

  17. They should introduce MICKEY MOUSE here, RIGHT?