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Ronks native Jonathan Groff voices Kristoff in "Frozen 2," which is the subject of the "Into the Unknown: The Making of 'Frozen 2'" documentary series on Disney+.

The release date for a film sequel that has Lancaster County native Jonathan Groff as part of its cast has been pushed back by a year, Variety recently reported.

Meanwhile, two trailers for shows on the Disney+ streaming channel, in which Groff is featured, were released earlier this week.

The release date for “Matrix 4,” the latest in a film franchise that began in 1999, is now April 1, 2022, by Warner Bros, Variety recently reported.

The film’s original release date was in May 2021.

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Lancaster County native Jonathan Groff is shown in his role as King George III in the original Broadway cast of the musical "Hamilton." A filmed version of the stage show premieres on Disney+ July 3.

“Matrix 4” was filming in Germany before production was halted in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic,

Numerous media outlets, including Deadline.com, have reported production on the film is expected to resume sometime in July.

In addition to Groff, the “Matrix 4” cast includes Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Priyanka Chopra, Lambert Wilson and Neil Patrick Harris. It’s being directed by Lana Wachowski.

Disney+ trailers

Groff can be seen as part of the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton,” as Disney+ airs a filmed version of the stage musical starting July 3. Groff was nominated for a Tony Award for his role of King George III.

He appears in the “Hamilton” trailer that was released Sunday, June 21.

Also on Disney+, he’ll be part of a six-part documentary series, “Into the Unknown: Making Frozen II,” that airs starting Friday. Groff has voiced Kristoff the mountain man for Disney’s “Frozen” feature films and shorts.The trailer for the documentary series was released Monday, June 22.

Groff, a stage, film and TV actor, grew up in Ronks and is an alumnus of Conestoga Valley High School.

Theater festival

This week, Groff was set to be part of the International Thespian Festival, an annual high school theater event that has had to move online this year because of the pandemic, Playbill.com reported.

Groff will be a guest on a special video podcast of “The Spark File” podcast (thesparkfile.com) to be recorded as part of the festival.

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In this December 2019 file photo, Lancaster County native Jonathan Groff is interviewed after a performance in the off-Broadway "Little Shop of Horrors" in New York. The film "Matrix 4," in which Groff is part of the cast, will be released in 2022. Groff will be among the celebrities taking part in the online International Thespian Festival this week.

He’s one of several Broadway stars, writers and composers, and other celebrities — among them Tina Fey, Dolly Parton, Andrew Lloyd Webber and “Wicked” composer Stephen Schwartz — who are part of this week of virtual high school theater performances and workshops.

One high school from our region, Palmyra Area High School in Lebanon County, will be part of the festival with a “special performance” from its 2019 production of the musical “Amelie.”

The festival can be seen online at schooltheatre.org/itf/home.

Groff was active as a high school thespian at Conestoga Valley.

For his directing and starring in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at the high school, Groff won the 2002 Beth Bash Memorial Award at the annual Fulton Theatre High School Theatre Festival.

Groff earned a 2007 Tony nod for his work in “Spring Awakening” on Broadway, and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for his work in last year’s off-Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Groff has starred in Netflix’s “Mindhunter” and HBO’s “Looking” and had a recurring role on Fox’s “Glee.”

His previous film work includes roles in “The Conspirator,” “Taking Woodstock” and “American Sniper.”

Groff earned a 2007 Tony nod for his work in "Spring Awakening" on Broadway, and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for his work in last year's off-Broadway revival of "Little Shop of Horrors."

Groff has starred in Netflix's "Mindhunter" and HBO's "Looking" and had a recurring role on Fox's "Glee." His previous film work includes roles in "The Conspirator," "Taking Woodstock" and "American Sniper."