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Casting: Frozen 2 lands two cool stars; DC’s Doom Patrol expands for Elasti-Woman

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Jul 13, 2018

We still have an entire winter to endure before Frozen 2 crystallizes in theaters next November, but Disney is busy rounding out the voice cast right now for Elsa’s return to Arendelle, reportedly inching closer to snagging two big series newcomers.

Variety reports that Westorld’s Evan Rachel Wood and Black Panther’s Sterling K. Brown are close to deals that would put their vocal talents to use for Frozen 2, alongside returning stars Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), and Josh Gad (Olaf). 

Development on Frozen 2 is in its early stages, and there’s no word on which characters Wood and Brown are in talks to play. But we can presume the pair of characters will be new, since neither actor — fresh off Emmy nods (Wood for Westworld; Brown for both This Is Us and Brooklyn Nine-Nine) — appeared in the original.

Frozen 2 is set to bring the heat to the box office on Nov. 27 of next year.


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April Bowlby and Brian Posehn in The Big Bang Theory (Credit: CBS)

Over on the small screen, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment reportedly just made a big addition to the lineup for the live-action Doom Patrol series, which is slated to land on the soon-to-launch DC Universe digital platform. Early reports also are suggesting a subtle name tweak will accompany the change.

Deadline reports that April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory), who’s already signed on to play Elasti-Woman (familiar to longtime DC fans as Elasti-Girl) on the platform’s live-action Titans series, has just boarded her second DC Universe show, where she’ll appear as the same character. 

On Doom Patrol, Bowlby's Elasti-Woman will appear as one of the show’s main heroes, in keeping with the comic book lore on which it's based. She'll join the rest of the Doom Patrol — Robotman, Negative Man, and Crazy Jane — under the not-so-stable guidance of the strange heroes' erratic “Chief,” Dr. Niles Caulder.

Transformed with superpowers after being exposed to a poisonous gas, Elasti-Woman (aka Rita Farr) apparently will straddle the DC Universe line between heroic outcast and conventional do-gooder, pulling double duty on both Doom Patrol and the more mainstream, less quirky Titans lineup. Greg Berlanti (of Arrowverse fame), Geoff Johns, and Doom Patrol writer Jeremy Carver are the show’s producers.

DC hasn’t revealed the debut date when DC Universe finally will go live, but has indicated it's coming sometime this fall. Stay tuned for more news on when we’ll be able to catch Elastic-Woman and the rest of the Doom Patrol when the show’s initial 13-episode run lands on the service.