Disney’s return to Arendelle is just around the corner.
On Saturday of D23 Expo, the creators and cast of Disney’s Frozen II took center stage to tease the highly anticipated sequel, premiering in theaters Nov. 22. First-look footage, two original songs, a new poster, and an exciting casting announcement gave fans plenty to look forward to.
Here’s what we learned.
Frozen and Frozen II will work together to form one complete story, answering important questions like: Why does Elsa have powers? Why was Anna born without powers? And where were King Agnarr and Queen Iduna going when their ship went down?
The film begins with a prologue, giving important backstory to the original and briefly resurrecting Anna and Elsa’s parents on screen. Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) will voice Queen Iduna, and sing in at least one scene featuring a young Anna and Elsa.
Also joining the cast, Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) will portray Lieutenant Mattias, an important ally to the Frozen gang in their upcoming adventures.
Footage from the film’s first act revealed two critical plot points: (1) A mysterious force driving Elsa and Anna to save Arendelle once again, and (2) The promise of a marriage proposal from Kristoff.
In the clip, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven are seen playing a friendly game of charades — which Olaf’s shapeshifting powers make him unreasonably and hilariously good at. (Look forward to his Elsa impression. It’s uncanny.)
During the game, Elsa suddenly hears a mysterious voice calling out to her. It’s a voice she’s heard before, and causes her to abruptly leave the room. Olaf and Sven soon wander off to bed too, but Anna decides to check in on her sister — not realizing that, in the moment of privacy, Kristoff had gotten down on one knee.
When Anna arrives at Elsa’s room, Elsa assures her she’s fine. Soon, the two fall asleep. But, in the middle of the night, Elsa hears the voice again. She awakes, and wanders through the castle singing Frozen II‘s original song “Into the Unknown.”
The ice queen describes her fear of following the voice, but by the end of the song admits that she must find its source — and protect Arendelle from its unknown powers.
Following the footage, original Frozen cast members Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff performed “Some Things Never Changed” — a song detailing the lasting power of friendship and the promise of new adventure, written and recorded for the film.