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Once Upon a Time Spinoff Gets Title and Casts Leads


ABC’s planned spinoff for Once Upon a Time now has a title, Once: Wonderland. In case that didn’t tip you off, this time the fairy-tale drama is going to head down the rabbit hole.

Deadline reports actress Sophie Lowe has been cast to play Alice, who “has a generous heart but carries the scars of a long hard life.” Her love interest Cyrus, played by Peter Gadiot, has a “background shrouded in mystery,” while Michael Socha’s Knave of Hearts is “a sardonic adventurer, a man of action, a loner and a heart-breaker.” It will be set “in pre-curse Wonderland.”

The initial plan was for the spinoff to center of the Once Upon a Time‘s popular Mad Hatter, played by Sebastian Stan of Marvel’s Captain America franchise.

Production will begin April 7 in Vancouver, and will begin right as Once Upon a Time wraps its season season. Once creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are penning Wonderlands 15 to 20 page, four-scene presentation with the help from Once‘s Jane Espenson and Zack Estrin. Estrin is expected to act as showrunner on Once: Wonderland if ABC picks it up to series. No word yet if the spinoff will get a backdoor pilot in Once Upon a Time.


  • batGRRRl4ever

    The show’s already starting off on shaky ground if it’s entirety is a prequel. No one will care about the Queen of Hearts as a villian since OUAT’s Cora apparently kills her off and replaces her later on. And a Wonderland w/out the Mad Hatter interacting with Alice? That’s three strikes against it already in my book.

    But who knows, technically even though set in modern times, Bates Motel is a prequel series and only two eps in I’m hooked.

  • Boris Bilenko

    any idea if it’s been picked up yet for season 3??

  • Ryan Guinan

    How about Rapunzel