Elsa the Snow Queen from Disney’s mega-hit animated film Frozen will play a pivotal part in the next season of ABC’s TV series Once Upon a Time. The storyline for her character will continue from where Disney’s animated Frozen left off. Actress Georgina Haig of Fringe will play the charming, yet icy role of Elsa.
Frozen has proved to be the highest-grossing animated film of all time, garnering well over $1 billion in sales. The film still remains at the top of the box office in many countries around the world. The film’s soundtrack has constantly been gravitating towards the top of the music charts since its release as well.
Once Upon a Time has had a successful run on ABC for a full three seasons, each consisting of twenty-two episodes. The plot of the television show is based in a small town in Maine called Storybrooke, where numerous fairytale characters live as normal humans. Familiar faces such as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan and the Wicked Witch of the West are just a few of the notable characters featured throughout the show. The show unites the fairytale universe with the modern world, much in the same way other Disney live-action films have done.
The story is told from the perspectives of the characters’ fairytale selves in their former land and their human selves in their current one. The third season ended with a cliffhanger that revealed the silhouette of a sky-blue-caped figure summoning powers of snow and ice that can only belong to none other than Frozen’s Elsa.
The episode did not reveal the actress’s face, which left audiences yearning to discover who would take on this role that has swept the nation by snow storm. On July 3 it was revealed that television actress, Georgina Haig will don the crown of the Snow Queen. Haig is currently starring on the CBS show Reckless alongside Burlesque actor Cam Gigandet. The 28-year-old actress is reportedly from Melbourne, Australia, which poses the question of whether she will take on an American accent favoring the original Elsa, or if she will stick to her natural Australian dialect, just as Emile de Ravin, the actress who plays Belle from Beauty and the Beast on Once Upon a Time does.
Elsa the Snow Queen’s storyline in Once Upon a Time is said to continue right where Frozen left off. This setup could run in a multitude of directions which is a very smart move on ABC’s part. The producers of the show stated Elsa seems like the perfect new addition to the Once Upon a Time family. Producers went on to reveal that her initial cold appearance might come off as villainous at first, but her heart is that of a true hero. In other words, Frozen’s Elsa is exactly the type of theme they are looking to bring into the show.
Elsa is not the only Frozen face that will appear in the next season of Once Upon a Time. The characters of Elsa’s younger sister Anna and the hunky ice salesman, Kristoff are set to make an appearance on the show as well. Kristoff is to be played by Scott Michael Foster of Greek, and the new up-and-coming actress, Elizabeth Lail will play Anna. There have also been rumors floating around that the lovable snowman, Olaf will join the cast, though no actors have yet been confirmed to play the role.
Audiences are anticipating the continuation of Frozen’s storyline and are eager to see how else the Snow Queen will tie into the next season of Once Upon a Time. All three seasons of Once Upon a Time can be viewed on streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu, and are also available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray. The fourth season returns this fall on ABC.
By Cody Collier