After years of languishing in development, (That’s Hollywood code speak for rewrites needed) Disney’s The Snow Queen looked dead when it was shelved back in 2010. But late last year, with the other studios making fairy tale movies left and right, the project came back to life under a new title, Frozen. Now the studio’s wasting no time cramming the pieces together. Kristen Bell has been announced for the lead role of the film, a 3D computer-animated feature due out late next year from Tarzan and Surf’s Up helmer Chris Buck.
Frozen is based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s 19th century fairy tale, which centers around a little boy and a little girl. When the boy is kidnapped by the Snow Queen, the little girl ventures out to find and save him.
It’s not totally clear at this point which character Bell is set to play. THR describes her character as the “lead,” which suggests she’ll be voicing the Queen, but it’s also conceivable that the girl could be the central character in Disney’s take on the story.
Bell will also be handling the singing for her character in Frozen. We haven’t heard any details on who’ll provide the music, though the previous incarnation of the project had composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) attached. John Lasseter and Peter Del Vecho are on board as producers.
Bell was last seen in February’s Big Miracle, and will next hit the big screen in Safety Not Guaranteed and Movie 43. She also currently plays one of the leads in Showtime’s House of Lies, opposite Don Cheadle. Frozen is scheduled to open November 27, 2013.