Get a glimpse at the Frozen ice queen’s small-screen incarnation.
When last season’s Once Upon a Time finale aired on ABC, it left fans with a burning — or, rather, freezing — question: was that woman in blue really Elsa, the snow queen of Frozen fame?
The answer, a resounding yes, came quickly. But another question took its place: who would play the live-action Elsa?
The casting of actress Georgina Haig, of Fringe, was announced earlier in July, and today TIME presents your exclusive official first look at the character in costume. Sparkly blue gown? Check. Long, blond braid? Check. Letting it go? We can only hope.
The next season of Once Upon a Time will premiere on Sept. 28, 2014.
And the Frozen invasion continues!
In addition to Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, Once Upon a Time is set to introduce yet another character from the Oscar-winning animated hit in season four, E! News has learned. ButFrozen fans might not be too pleased to see this character again: It’s Hans, the treacherous Prince of the Southern Isles who tricked Anna into falling in love with him in an attempt to take over Arendelle.
Yes, we already have our dream pick for the role: Zachary Levi, please return to our TV screen immediately, please and thank you!
Voiced by Broadway actor Santino Fontana in the 2013 film, the character description forOUAT‘s Hans, which is a recurring role, says he’s refined and well-spoken on the outside, but he has a serious chip on his shoulder and an even more serious mean streak. So it looks like Hans hasn’t changed much as showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsisconfirmed to Entertainment Weekly that OUAT‘s Frozen storyline will take place after the events in the movie, with Kitsis explaining, “simply because what happened in the film was so beautiful.”
Taking on the role of Frozen‘s Ice Queen Elsa is Fringe star Georgina Haig, while newcomer Elizabeth Lail will play the role of Anna, Elsa’s sister, and Greek veteran Scott Michael Foster is set to play Kristoff. Also factoring into the Frozen storyline on OUAT? Lost and Revolution fan fave Elizabeth Mitchell, who has been cast in top-secret role, but Kitsis and Horowitz told EW that she’s either the original Snow Queen or Anna and Elsa’s believed-to-be-dead mother.
The one Frozen character fans definitely won’t be seeing in Storybrooke? Olaf. “It wouldn’t fit, and it’s so beautiful, his story in the movie,” Horowitz explained. “The story we want to tell doesn’t involve trying to expand upon that, nor do we think it should.”
OUAT returns Sunday, Sept. 28 on ABC.
Entertainment Weekly has a Frozen exerpt on it. I’ve added the HQ scans to the gallery!
Magazine Scans > Scans From 2014 > Entertainment Weekly, July 25 – August 1 2014
Mirror, mirror on the wall, guess who’s returning to Once Upon a Time this fall.
Giancarlo Esposito is set to reprise his role as Sidney Glass, otherwise known as the Magic Mirror, in the Season 4 premiere, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Details on the return of the intrepid Storybrooke reporter are being kept under wraps, though the last time viewers saw anything of Sidney Glass, it was on the nameplate of a locked door in the deep recesses of Storybrooke hospital.
The Season 4 premiere, fittingly titled “A Tale of Two Sisters,” will also introduce Frozencharacters Anna (Elizabeth Lail), Elsa (Georgina Haig) and Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster). Esposito’s former Revolution co-star Elizabeth Mitchell was recently cast as a potential villain with ties to Anna and Elsa.
In addition to Revolution, Esposito is best known for his Emmy-nominated turn onBreaking Bad.
Once Upon a Time returns Sundays this fall on ABC.
TV geek goddess Elizabeth Mitchell is coming to Storybrooke.
EW can exclusively reveal Mitchell has joined the cast of ABC’s Once Upon a Time for a season 4 arc as part of the much-anticipated Frozen-inspired storyline. The move marks Mitchell’s return to ABC, where she became a fan favorite on Lost. Since then, she’s starred in ABC’s V and was most recently on NBC’s Revolution. Only this time, we hear Mitchell might be playing a villainous character.
Mitchell’s Once Upon role isn’t being revealed yet, but we’re told she is “possibly malevolent” with ties to royalFrozen sisters Anna (newcomer Elizabeth Lail) and Elsa (Fringe familiar Georgina Haig) as well as to Storybrooke and Arendell. The events in Once Upon are expected to take place after the events in last year’s animated Disney hit. Let the speculation begin!
— Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) 7 Luglio 2014
Ready to meet the real live Queen Elsa of Arendelle?
ABC’s Once Upon a Time has filled the coveted role, the show’s version of Disney’s snow queen from last year’s animated mega-hit Frozen.
Actress Georgina Haig has landed the part, sources say. She’s probably best known to TV viewers from her arc on Fox’s Fringe (playing Henrietta “Etta” Bishop, the daughter of Peter Bishop and Olivia Dunham). She can also currently be seen on the CBS summer dramaReckless. (Check out this photo of Haig on IMDB for a very Elsa-ish look from the actress.)
The character is loosely based on “The Snow Queen,” the Danish fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. Earlier this week, newcomer Elizabeth Lail was cast in the show as Elsa’s younger sister Anna, and Greek alum Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff, the rugged mountain man who falls for Anna. The Frozen arc on Once Upon is expected to pick up after the events of the film.
Once Upon revealed that the queen with the frosty touch, voiced by Broadway actress Idina Menzel in the film, will be added to the show’s fairy tale ensemble during the show’s May finale.
Months after Once Upon a Time’s big season three finale reveal—Elsa has arrived! Frozen is joining the fairy tale fray!—the fantasy series has finally cast two key roles based on characters from Disney’s blockbuster musical.
Greek alum Scott Michael Foster will play Kristoff, the rugged mountain man who befriends Queen Elsa’s younger sister Anna, played by newcomer Elizabeth Lail. EW has confirmed that both roles will be recurring in season four.
Conspicuously missing is Queen E herself; casting for Elsa has yet to be revealed.
According to TVLine, which first reported the news, the Frozen arc will ostensibly pick up after the events of the film, with Anna and Kristoff already romantically linked and the latter adjusting to a new life as a castle-bound royal.
The closing ceremony of the festival took place yesterday. Enjoy the few pics I grabbed!
Event Photos > 2014 > June 11 | 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival: Closing Ceremony
Jennifer attended another Cocktail Reception yesterday. Enjoy the HQs!
Event Photos > 2014 > June 10 | 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival – Day 4: Cocktail Reception