Casting News and More on ABC’s Once Upon a Time

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Jennifer Morrison, Once Upon a TimeA good bit of casting news for ABC’s upcoming “Once Upon a Time” from “Lost” executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz has come in over the past several days so we thought we’d just condense everything into one easy-to-find location.

Heading up the prospective new series, which is set in the small town of Storybrook, where the magic and mystery of fairy tales may be real, is Jennifer Morrison (“House M.D.”) as Anna, “a child of two fairy tale characters who is fated to save everyone from [a] curse.” As Morrison explained it to TVLine, “Basically, it’s as if every fairy tale character ever written is real and actually exists, but they’ve been cursed and they don’t know their true identities.” (For example, Ginnifer Goodwin (“Big Love”) plays Snow White, while Lana Parrilla (“Swingtown”) is the Evil Queen.) “They are living in our reality not knowing who they truly are. And because [of that], they’re never going to have their happy ending.”

Previously Deadline revealed three other cast members: 10-year-old Jared Gilmore, who has recurred as Bobby Draper on “Mad Men”, will play the pivotal role of Henry, Anna’s biological son and the only resident of Storybrook who is not under the spell of Parrilla’s Evil Queen and tracks down his mom to enlist her help. Josh Dallas (The Descent: Part 2) will play Prince Charming, and Jamie Dornan (Marie Antoinette) will play the handsome and authoritative sheriff of Storybrooke.

The pilot is being directed by Mark Mylod, and Morrison promises it “is so beautifully written, with such a great cast. It really is very special.” In addition “Lost” fans should be on the lookout for “subtle nods to the Oceanic gang scattered throughout the hour.

We are so there! Look for more as it comes.

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