The Snow Queen 2 releases this coming Friday 25 November, just in time for the holidays. The second instalment of the charming story of the struggle between good and evil, as taken on by Gerda and her brother Kai, features the voice of South Africa actor Sharlto Copley in the lead, as the hero troll Orm.
The Snow Queen 2 picks up where the first ended. After their victory over the Snow Queen, the trolls have developed a taste for freedom. Having played a major role in the triumph, Orm has become a hero to all. This is not enough for him, however, and he longs for a more exciting life.
Comically exaggerating his exploits and achievements, he spins a web of lies, claiming that he personally defeated the Snow Queen, and that he is destined to marry the princess and inherit great power and riches. But when Orm embarks on new ventures and devises new lies, the closer the world gets to a new icy disaster! Is Orm leading the world towards a refreeze? And where will Orm’s stories lead him? In this lively and perilous adventure, the troll learns that friends, happiness, and true love cannot be won through deceit.
The affable yet cunning Orm is superbly voiced by Copley, best known to local audiences for his role as Wikus van der Merwe in the Oscar-nominated science fiction film District 9. A Hollywood star, he has since appeared as Howling Mad Murdock in the 2010 adaptation of The A-Team, Agent CM Kruger in the science fiction film Elysium, James Corrigan in the science fiction horror film Europa Report and King Stefan in the dark fantasy adventure film Maleficent. He also played the title character in the science fiction film Chappie and starred in two seasons as Christian Walker of the TV series Powers.
In Snow Queen 2, he is joined by Bella Thorne (Blended) as Gerda, Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) as Alfida and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) as General Arrog. Thorne also sings an original song for the film.
Produced at Wizart Animation in Russia, The Snow Queen 2 is directed by Alexey Tsitsilin, written by Tsitsilin, Alexey Zamyslov and Vladimir Nikolaev, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov, Yuri Moskvin, Vladimir Nikolaev and Diana Yurinova.
Snow Queen 2 was among 17 animated features shortlisted for the Golden Globe consideration in 2014. To date the feature has sold to more than 80 territories and has already been released theatrically in the UK, South Korea, Middle East, Baltic States, Russia and CIS, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Slovenia, Macedonia and Israel, grossing twice as much as the first movie of the franchise on the territories where it was released.
The film will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution. “Based on the success of the first instalment, we are thrilled to be handling the release of Snow Queen 2 in South Africa,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. We look forward to sharing this delightful, classic tale with family audiences this holiday season.”