A first image from Frozen 2 has leaked online showing an older Anna and Elsa. The first Frozen film was released back in 2013, and proved an instant hit worldwide. It grossed over $1.2 billion at the global box office - the highest-grossing animated film of all time, against a production budget of just $150 million.
Frozen 2 is due out next year, and is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2019. Disney is deliberately keeping quiet about the movie, giving away as little as they can, and hasn't even dropped an official trailer yet. The main voice cast - Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad - are all inevitably returning for the sequel. They'll be joined by some intriguing new cast members, such as Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown.
As reported by That Hashtag Show, over the last few days images have been shared on Instagram that show an older Anna and Elsa. It appears to be the cover of a Russian calendar, and at first glance certainly seems genuine; the title on the calendar reads "Frozen Heart 2," which is indeed the title being used in Russia. It's not unusual for first-look images to leak in this manner; a similar Solo calendar gave early photos from this year's Star Wars spinoff, for example. Similar promotional artwork leaked for Avegers: Endgame as well.
View this post on Instagram
WAIT WHAT FIRST LOOK OF FROZEN 2 I’M IN TEARS #frozen2 #disneyfrozen I SWEAR I’M SHAKING RIGHT NOW I’M CRYING I’M @pockyhontas sent me a DM of @the.cursed.prince’s post for this I’m crying you guys bless your souls im AND the current source is from @annaaaollaff BABE I DEMAND ANSWERS LOVE YOU SM BTW Update: @kholodnayablogersha told me the title is written in Russian and it says “Frozen Heart 2 / Cold Heart 2” thANK YOU Thanks to everyone who’s bombarding me with DMs I’m shaking LIKE SHAKING Update 2.0: IDK IF THIS IS REAL but it looks pretty real to me and nOPE I don’t have any rational explanations as to why a part of Elsa’s hair and the leaves are out of the cover BUT I HOPE THIS IS REAL I’M FALLING IN LOVE WITH ANNA’S HAIR AND ELSA’S DRESS ALREADY
It's a fascinating image, confirming there's a time-jump of some years between Frozen and the sequel. That's a smart move; it presumably means there's been a period of peace in Arendelle, with the people of the fictional country getting used to having a sorceress as queen. It will be fascinating to see how the relationship between Anna and Kristoff has developed over the years; the first film was praised for avoiding the traditional Disney tropes ("You can't marry a man you just met"), so frankly anything can happen. There's also been a popular push on social media for Disney to have Elsa be their first lesbian main character.
Elsa retains a haunted look, suggesting she's still uncomfortable with her powers, and struggling to accept who she is. Anna's clothing style remains the same, but feels a little more mature than in the 2013 animated film. It's interesting to note the leaves that are blowing in front of the two women, suggesting that where the first film was about winter in Arendelle, Frozen 2 may be about autumn; a season of change and transformation. That may well explain why Elsa looks so uncomfortable; her world is changing around her in some way, and she's not sure what to make of it all.
Marketing for a blockbuster like Frozen 2 usually kicks off around seven to eight months ahead of the theatrical release, so this is right about when merchandise leaks like this would be expected. Hopefully it won't be long before Disney release a trailer.
Source: That Hashtag Show
- Frozen II (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019