Elizabeth Lail Cast as Anna in ‘Once Upon a Time’By: Brian Powell - July 2, 2014
Even though almost every single scientist and liberal on the planet continually warn of the dangers of global warming, the pudding shows that the world has been #Frozen over since November 27, 2013 with Disney’s release of Frozen, the story of a princess with magical ice powers who needs help from her sister, a bumpkin named Kristoff, a reindeer, and a talking snowman to stop the entire kingdom from being frozen over.
Since its release, Frozen has infiltrated every aspect of pop culture, with its soundtrack reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 and going platinum and merchandizing galore. Now, Frozen has even infiltrated the TV, becoming part of the Once Upon a Time Universe.
Frozen was first hinted to become part of Once Upon a Time at the end of Season 3, when a blue puddle transforms itself into Elsa, who is facing away from the audience.
While we still do not know what Elsa is truly going to look like or who is going to play her, the world now knows who is going to play her sister, Anna, and Anna’s love interest, Kristoff.
Elizabeth Lail, who has yet to star in a major role for any medium, has been cast as Anna. While Lail has not had any big screen experience, her North Carolina School of the Arts profile states that she sings soprano, can juggle, and is certified in unarmed combat, along with knife, small sword, broad sword, rapier and dagger – all characteristics an Anna in real-life would possess.
Kristoff is going to be played by Scott Michael Foster, whose credits include ABC’s Greek, Californication, The River, and currently AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Much like Lail, Foster brings singing talent along, being the lead singer in a small, indie band called The Sirens.
While many fans have expressed their worries and concerns with integrating Frozen into the Once Upon a Time universe, Executive Producer Adam Horowitz is confident with the decision to merge the two worlds: “We are dealing with the world of Frozen. We are honored to be allowed to do it. We loved the movie. We fell in love with it when it came out last year like everyone did, and we want to do our best to do it justice.”
Once Upon a Time has yet to cast the character of Elsa, but Executive Producer Edward Kitsis does know how they want to portray the Ice Queen:
[What] we loved so much about the character of Elsa was that she was considered a villain but she never really was. She was misunderstood. That, on our show, speaks to us so strongly, that it was a toy we had to play with.
Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff will all make their first appearances on Once Upon a Time when Season Four begins on ABC this fall.
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