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'Once' spin-off casts Alice

ABC's 'Once Upon A Time' spin-off finds its Alice -- and a name

By Sona Charaipotra Mar 29, 2013 11:55AM
Photo courtesy Showtime Australia/Roadshow
Things are moving quickly on the recently announced pilot spin-off of ABC's fairy-tale drama "Once Upon a Time." 

Bing: 'Once Upon A Time' | 'Once: Wonderland'

In the four-scene pilot presentation, penned by "Once" creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the show's Alice will be 22-year-old Australian actress Sophie Lowe, best known for her turn as the title character in the Aussie indie "Beautiful Kate." 

Also cast in the pilot is British actor Peter Gadiot, who will play a character named Cyrus, Alice's love interest in this reimagined Wonderland. Another key player will be the Knave of Hearts, a role filled by Brit actor Michael Socha, late of the UK version of "Being Human." 

The proposed spin-off, now titled "Once: Wonderland,"would be helmed by "Once" creators Kitsis and Horowitz, with consult from writers Zack Estrin and Espenson. If the show gets a pick-up, Estrin would likely be the showrunner, with guidance form Kitsis and Horowitz, while Espenson would return to the original. 

The pilot presentation is set to shoot in Vancouver beginning April 7, as soon as "Once Upon A Time" wraps its sophomore season of production. 

"Once Upon A Time" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. 
Mar 30, 2013 11:43AM
Wow.....this is great another lily white show for ABC and Disney...and before you start claiming this is mindless drivel....I realize it's based on Fairy tales, but very little diversity at all even the one Asian character they have/had Mulan fell in love with Lancelot, so imagine having to hear from your (7) year old son that Daddy can't be on the show because he's not allowed in their World and then try to convince that same child that they could be partake and tell me it's overblown (my child is interracial)'s just sad to know that a Network can completely ignore you in this day and age, so I will be doing the same thing.... no more ABC or Disney in this household...which is okay, because now I get out of going to Disneyland and get to go to Europe instead and visit Lego Land......
Mar 30, 2013 11:24AM
sorry i think it should be catorina scarsoni she was in the sci fi version
Mar 30, 2013 11:08AM

Well, if they're ging to do a spin-off, this kinda makes the most sense.  For most of these stories, I can see where you can make an arguement that the original stories might have taken place in a "single fantasy land".  However, I never quite figured how The Mad Hatter fit in, because Wonderland is so obviously a different realm.  They did address this, sort of, by pointing out that the hatter moved between different realms before the curse.  So they do have a jumping off point.

However, I'm still waiting on Ariel and a few of the other DIsney Princesses to show up.  After all, if Mulan can be put in, why can't Pocahontas.

Mar 30, 2013 10:39AM
A spinoff ?  You must be kidding.  Instead concentrate on fixing a once good show that you are ruining.  My husband and I used to look forward to it.  Now we laugh our way through it and only watch because we keep hoping it will get better.  It is confusing at best and keeps adding characters that do not fit in the once fun to guess equation.
Mar 30, 2013 9:48AM
This second season of 'Once' has really gone downhill, I love it still but it doesn't compare to the first season by a long shot. A spinoff is really just gonna milk it down to nothing :(
Mar 30, 2013 9:15AM

It’s on ABC like NBC their too quick to cancel shows I like. It will have to be on for a few years before I will watch it.

Mar 30, 2013 8:13AM
Why would they make that?? Once Upon A Time brings all the fairy tales together, so why make one that just focuses on one thing. Plus the role doesn't suit her.
Mar 30, 2013 6:43AM
well keep in mind it is going to be on ABC, so it will most likely not make it a full season if it is good. they have a habit of not keeping good  shows. or worse yet it will horrible and be on for years.
Mar 30, 2013 5:30AM
Mar 30, 2013 12:01AM
Will the Mad Hatter please be loopy in this spin-off?  He was so boring in "Once".  I was hoping for a character like Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys, but his character made Jon Cusack loook like Gary Busey---Snoring!
Mar 29, 2013 10:41PM
don't think it will work.  I don't know anybody else that is watching besides me.  I can think of better spin offs .....Riding Hood for one.
Mar 29, 2013 9:43PM
why?!?!?!  "once upon a time" is still okay, but needs some focus.  to have the writers working on a spin-off is a bit premature....
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