In less than a few days, ABC has fast-forwarded its proposed “Once Upon a Time” spinoff from a nameless idea headed by two talented writers to a full-blown project that includes a cast.
That spinoff, taking place in the world of Alice and the White Rabbit, is called “Once: Wonderland,” and it now has pretty much all the major character roles — except for the White Rabbit — filled. They include Sophie Lowe as Alice, Michael Socha as the Knave of Hearts, and newcomer Peter Gadiot as Cyrus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lowe is a virtual unknown to American audiences. Born in England but raised in Australia, the 22-year-old actress made her screen debut in the Australian children’s show “Backyard Scientist” in 2005 before taking on a powerful role of Kate Kendall in the Australian drama “Beautiful Kate” in 2009.
She recently completed work on the sci-fi drama “The Philosophers” from writer and director John Huddles.
Socha, 25, played Tom McNair in the British version of “Being Human” over 18 episodes from the past two years, and also played Rob in the 2012 mini-series “Home Front.” He got his start playing a bully in the 2006 British film “This Is England.”
Gadiot is very new to both television and films, first coming on the scene in the British comedy “My Spy Family” in 2010 before appearing in “Night Wolf” and most recently in the German mystery “The Forbidden Girl.”
While initial reports said the “Once Upon a Time” spinoff will be in a post-curse Wonderland, it now appears the stories will be pre-curse, meaning fans may have a chance to see how Barbara Hershey’s character of Cora eventually took over.
“Once” creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are writing a short treatment for the show with the help of “Zero Hour’s” Zack Estrin and “Game of Thrones” writer Jane Espenson. If ABC likes what it sees, it could be prepped for an early winter release, most likely during a mid-season hiatus for “Once Upon a Time.”