We’ve seen a number of Disney icons come through Storybrooke to interact with Emma, Regina, and the rest of the characters in ‘Once Upon A Time’. In the last season alone, we saw Hades, Hercules, Megara, Gaston, and Merida. But for season six, amidst dealing with the newly-resurrected Evil Queen, the gang might need to be one jump ahead of what’s coming next.
According to Entertainment Weekly, ‘Once Upon A Time’ showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz announced at their San Diego Comic-Con panel that Aladdin, Jasmine, and Jafar will debut on their ABC fairytale drama in the upcoming season. The one-time street rat who is now described as “the savior” will be played by ‘Graceland’ star Deniz Akdeniz. Karen David, who has previous experience as a princess thanks to ‘Galavant’, will portray the princess of Agrabah. And Oded Fehr of ‘The Mummy’, ‘Covert Affairs’, and ‘Stitchers’, as well as a number of animated Marvel and DC shows, will replace Naveen Andrews as the all-powerful sorcerer Jafar. Previously, Andrews played the villain in ‘Once Upon A Time In Wonderland’, but reports say that his commitments to ‘Sense 8’ have kept him from reprising the role. Akdeniz, David, and Fehr will join Giles Matthey and Craig Horner as new additions to the show’s fifth season.
In addition to this revelation, the panelists brought a brand new clip from the show featuring Aladdin and Jafar. However, this meeting is unlike any other confrontation these foes have ever had:
While it’s unfortunate that ‘Once’ had to recast Jafar, the team couldn’t have picked a better replacement. Fehr is a very talented actor and based on that clip, he’ll definitely do a fine job. Now all we need to know is how these three characters will be incorporated into the narrative of the show. But as we wait for those answers, what do you think of the casting? Are you excited to see these Disney icons join ‘Once Upon A Time’? Sound off in the comments.
‘Once Upon a Time’ starring Jennifer Morrison, Robert Calyle, Jared S. Gilmore, Colin O’ Donoghue, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Emilie de Ravin, and Rebecca Mader returns on September 25, 2016 at 8:00p.m. on ABC.