3:08pm PT by Mia Galuppo
'Hidden Figures' Writer Allison Schroeder Joins 'Frozen 2' (Exclusive)
Allison Schroeder, the screenwriter behind 2017's Hidden Figures, is coming into the cold for Frozen 2.
While Jennifer Lee remains the primary writer, Schroeder, who worked with Disney on its recent release Christopher Robin, will assist with scripting duties on the Frozen sequel, given Lee's newfound responsibility at the animation studio.
In June, Lee was named head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, succeeding John Lasseter, who was forced to step down from his role as chief creative officer of both WDAS and Pixar Animation Studios after admitting to unspecified "missteps" in the workplace. Inside Out director Pete Docter took over the reins at Pixar.
Frozen 2 will see the return of stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad, who voiced Anna, Elsa and Olaf the Snowman, respectively, in the 2013 original that grossed over $1 billion at the global box office and became a cultural phenomenon. It was recently reported that Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown were in talks to join the follow-up's cast.
The movie is currently in production, with Lee directing with Chris Buck. Peter Del Vecho is producing. While the plot is not yet known, Frozen 2 is set for a Nov. 27, 2019, release.
Hidden Figures, which starred Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson as the women of NASA integral to the early years of the space program, earned Schroeder an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay. She is repped by Verve, Good Fear and Ginsburg Daniels.