Jonathan Groff Joins Cast of Disney's "Frozen" Animated Musical
19 Dec 2012
Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff will join Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and Kristin Bell for the new Disney animated musical "Frozen," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
As previously reported, the musical based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," features music by Avenue Q and Book of Mormon Tony winner Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("Winnie the Pooh," Up Here, In Transit).
Groff (Spring Awakening, The Submission, "Glee") will voice the role of "mountain man" Kristof, with Menzel (Wicked, Rent) as the Snow Queen and Bell ("Reefer Madness," "Heroes") as Anna.
Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") will direct the computer-animated film that has a script by Jennifer Lee ("Wreck-It Ralph") and is produced by Peter Del Vecho ("Winnie the Pooh," "The Princess and the Frog").
It is aiming for a Nov. 27, 2013, release.
Here's how Disney characterizes the film: "In 'Frozen,' a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.