In the original 2013 film, Elsa – who’s loosely based on the title character in Hans Christian Andersen’s 1844 fairytale, The Snow Queen, – was an “extremely complicated and misunderstood” individual.
At the start of the sequel, she’s a much happier character, having ‘let go’ of her angst and embraced her magical powers over snow and ice. But then a mysterious voice starts calling to her, setting in motion a peril-filled adventure that sees Elsa travelling north to an enchanted, mist- shrouded forest.
Elsa’s little sister (played with adorable goofiness by The Good Place’s Kristen Bell) has everything she wants at the start of Frozen 2: a happy, healthy relationship with her sibling (for years, they only spoke through closed doors) and a boyfriend, Kristoff.
When Elsa begins hearing voices, however, Anna fears a return to the deep freeze of their youth, and she’s right to be wary. As the elderly troll Pabbie tells her: “Magic is very alluring. Without you she may lose herself to it!”
Gruff but reliable Kristoff hasn’t changed much since we last saw him in Frozen.
He still prefers reindeers to humans and silence to small talk, but girlfriend Anna has managed to fix him up a little, to the point where voice actor Jonathan Groff (another Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation) hints that the previously girlfriend-shy ice harvester is ready to take his and Anna’s relationship to the next level.
Forget Frosty, 2013 saw a new jolly, happy snowman making the children laugh and play – and Frozen fans will be thrilled to hear than loveable Olaf is back for this second adventure.
Magically built by Elsa at the start of the first movie, Olaf has a habit of losing his head in a crisis – literally! – but he was ultimately invaluable in helping the sisters overcome Anna’s evil ex, Prince Hans. Expect more heroics in Frozen 2, as the summer-loving snowman joins Elsa and Anna on their epic journey.
The loss of her parents in the first film was a key catalyst in Elsa shutting herself away from the world. In this sequel, we find out more about Queen Iduna (now voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) and her husband Agnarr (Alfred Molina) via a series of emotionally charged flashbacks. Indeed, it is Agnarr who first tells the girls of the enchanted forest that will shape much of Frozen 2's adventure.
Joining the cast of Frozen 2 is the Emmy and Golden Globe- winning Sterling K. Brown.
The This Is Us and Black Panther actor plays the impressive-sounding Lieutenant Destin Matthias, a soldier, who along with his men, has been trapped in the enchanted forest for 30 years.
Yelena (voiced by Emmy Award-winning actress Martha Plimpton) is the unspoken leader of the mysterious Northuldra tribe and that Honeymaren (Rachel Matthews) and Ryder (Jason Ritter) are siblings who also belong to the tribe.
Ryder shares Kristoff’s love of reindeers and longs to travel, while Honeymaren has been described as “bold and brave” and “a true free spirit”.