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Jennifer Lee, one of the writers on Disney’s surprise box office hit Wreck-It Ralph, has been hired by the studio to co-direct Frozen, the next film from the Feature Animation department.
Lee will work with Chris Buck, who previously worked on the studio’s Tarzan film and will co-direct Frozen.
“Jenn has a real connection to the film and creates dynamic and relatable characters,” Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho said in a statement posted at The Wrap. “Her sense of comedy, adventure and story structure paired with Chris Buck’s vast experience and incredible instincts create an ideal situation for this film.”
Back in June, actress Kristen Bell was cast to voice the lead character Ana, who has to try to stop the perpetual winter in the kingdom of an evil Queen. Wicked’s Idina Menzel will voice the Queen. The story is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.
Frozen’s songs were written by Winnie The Pooh’s Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Frozen is still slated for release on Nov. 27, 2013.
Lee’s other credits include the screenplay for Troika Pictures’ upcoming The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights and Lucid Dreams, which was optioned by Radiant Productions.
Wreck-It Ralph has already grossed $150 million domestically, notes BoxOfficeMojo.