For the first time in forever — or roughly six years — Frozen is back on the horizon.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has dropped the first teaser for this November’s Frozen 2, the feature-length follow-up to the 2013 Oscar winner and box-office behemoth.
The new footage features a dramatic sequence in which Elsa (Idina Menzel) uses her powers to run, climb, and slide across a body of water, seemingly in an attempt to freeze and scale a wave. There are also glimpses of her royal sister Anna (Kristen Bell) traversing nature’s perils, snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), and mountain-man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) leading a herd of reindeer across an autumnal landscape.
Early newcomers to the sequel’s voice cast include This Is Us’s Sterling K. Brown and Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood. A glimpse of two new characters in the chilly teaser has already sparked curiosity among fans about the two actors’ potential roles, although a larger voice cast is surely expected to be revealed later this year.
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (who has since taken over as Chief Creative Officer at WDAS) have returned to direct the reprise trip to Arendelle, which will also feature new songs from award-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a script by Lee and Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures). Peter Del Vecho also returns as producer.
An official sequel to Frozen was announced in March 2015, about a year and a half after the first film opened and proceeded to turn animation on its head, scooping up over $1.2 billion at the box office (and becoming the highest-grossing animated movie of all time). The title inspired a global frenzy for Frozen merchandise, spin-offs, and a Broadway musical. The film’s narrative has continued in various forms, particularly in the shorts Frozen Fever in 2015 and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure in 2017, but Frozen 2 will be the most significant continuation of the story thus far.
In late January the reunited ensemble of the original Frozen had already begun teasing the film on Twitter and Instagram. Check out that and a new poster below.
Frozen 2 slides into theaters Nov. 22.