ABC has given Once Upon a Time fans a first look at a live-action Anna of Arendelle. Anna, is the plucky, headstrong princess from the hit Walt Disney Animated film, Frozen. While ABC has already released stills of Elsa and Kristoff, this is the first image depicting the Ice Queen’s younger sister. You can find the two of them bonding together in Storybrook after the break.
Anna will be portrayed by actress Elizabeth Lail, while the responsible and regal Elsa will be depicted by Georgina Haig, whose previous credits include the television series Fringe and Reckless. Elsa’s character was teased for fans at the end of the season 3 finale.
This will be an unprecedented addition to the Once Upon a Time family as these Disney characters will be making an appearance just a little less than a year of their debut.
On the one hand, as these are not characters that diehard Disney fans have grown up with, the expectation for a portrayal is a bit more lax. Frozen is, overall, has a decidedly more lighthearted tone than its predecessors such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, or even Mulan. It will be interesting to see what direction the showrunners will take in adapting the movie’s characters into the Once Upon a Time universe.
Either way, the anticipation is high for the combining of one of Disney’s most successful films to date with one of its current thriving television programs.
Also joining the cast of Once Upon a Time from Frozen will be Jacob Tyler Moore as Hans, Michael Scott Foster as Kristoff, and John Rhys-Davies as Pabbie the stone troll.
Once Upon a Time will be entering it’s 4th season, premiering on September 28th at 8:00 PM (7:00 PM Central) on ABC.
Source: Digital Spy
Is it me or does this picture of Anna look a lot like Laina aka the meme known as the Overly Attached Girlfriend? Lail is a newcomer to the acting scene, so it will be interesting to see how well she performs in this role.