FROZEN lands Kristen Bell as its lead
Given the success of TANGLED, it's understandable why Disney would return to the well of princess fairy tales for their upcoming 3-D animated film, FROZEN. After spending years in development limbo, there's finally some life in this old queen tale yet.
Kristen Bell has just signed on to play the lead character and she'll provide both her talking and singing voice. FROZEN will be based on the Hans Christian Andersen 19th century fairy tale, which centers around two friends, a little boy and a little girl. The boy is suddenly kidnapped by the Snow Queen, so the little girl ventures out to find and save him. It never outright says that she'll be the Snow Queen, but her role is being described as the “lead,” which could mean either the Snow Queen or the main little girl. Given her adorable voice, I'm going to wager that she'll play the young heroine.
Bell is a great pick, for either of the possible roles. She's familiar playing a strong heroine, given her first major role was Veronica Mars, as the lead by the same name. Plus, she’s got voice acting experience, on projects like CW’s Gossip Girl (as Gossip Girl herself) to FX’s Unsupervised. Actually, given her propensity to play the title roles, I could definitely see her playing the Snow Queen.
No details yet on who’ll provide the music, though I will always be crossing my fingers for more Disney songs by Alen Menken, who was previously attached to this project. It will be directed by Chris Buck (TARZAN, SURF'S UP). John Lasseter and Peter Del Vecho are on board as producers.
Bell can currently be seen as one of the leads in Showtime’s House of Lies, which also stars Don Cheadle. FROZEN is set to open November 27, 2013.