Thursday, August 8, 2013

Barbara Hershey Set to Return as Cora

Lots of Interesting News Out of "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"

Barbara Hershey Queen of Hearts
Barbara Hershey as The Queen of Hearts

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland may be a whole new world for the "Once Upon a Time" universe, but familiar faces will be around throughout the series. Co-creators Adam Horowitz and Ed Kitsis announced at the show's summer Television Critics Association press tour presentation that they intend for Barbara Hershey to reprise her role as the Queen of Hearts/Cora.

Sebastian Stan Mad Hatter
Sebastian Stan as the Mad Hatter

Adam and Eddy revealed that Cora should appear in flashbacks. Sebastian Stan, though, who plays the Mad Hatter, may or may not show up. Stan is starring in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," so he may be a little tied up right now. However, the co-creators insist that they will never recast Stan, saying, “We’re never going to have a Mad Hatter not played by Sebastian.”

Naveen Andrews
Naveen Andrews

Other news at the panel was mostly about the premiere, which finishes filming in Vancouver this month (production began in early April). In the second half of the premiere — the first 20 minutes are already filmed — we will see Alice and her friends in Wonderland.

Naveen Andrews Jafar
Naveen Andrews as Jafar

There, we will meet Jafar ("Lost"’s Naveen Andrews) and see more of the Red Queen. Jafar and the Red Queen form an alliance to keep Alice from reuniting with genie Cyrus!

Barbara Hershey and Naveen Andrews in happier times

One of the more interesting behind-the-scenes facts of this casting is that Hershey and Andrews were in a relationship for a dozen years, only breaking up in 2010 after Andrews fathered a child with another woman. Well, isn't that special. Surely, they'll have a lot of catching up to do.

John Lithgow White Rabbit
John Lithgow plays the White Rabbit

The Caterpillar will appear in the premiere, and we also learn about the White Rabbit’s (John Lithgow) backstory throughout the season. It isn't intended to be historically accurate, but rather a stylized version of the historical period. “It’s not historical Victorian England; it’s fictional Victorian England,” Adam stated, which allow the writers to get creative. Season 1 will be split into two parts, with the first 13 episodes airing before reality show "The Quest" debuts on January 2. The remaining shows will air after that.