Naveen Andrews to Play Jafar on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
In a rather not-so-surprising Comic Con announcement, former Lost, Death Proof, and The English Patient star Naveen Andrews will play the villainous Jafar (yes, as in Disney’s Aladdin) in the ABC spin-off of Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Best of all, Jafar will be in the series premiere on October 10th! Rumors had been circulating for months about the casting Jafar. Now, why exactly did the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland producers decide to make Jafar a villain in an Alice in Wonderland-inspired series is a little beyond me. I am guessing to shake things up a bit. I mean, who would guess Jafar would be involved in Wonderland? Wonderland is not exactly Arabia. Maybe Alice will go to the Middle East and have to wear a burka next? Of course, they could have announced this a long time ago, but it just is so much more fun to do it at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con panel for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. As most of us know, Naveen Andrews played Sayid on ABC’s Emmy-winning Lost and recently appeared in Sinbad, which was aired on SyFy in the USA. He was also cast in another ABC pilot. I have not yet received word if he will be working on two shows at once for ABC, but do not think that pilot was picked up. Entertainment Weekly’s article on this can be read here.
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He’s back: Naveen Andrews is returning to ABC primetime. The actor has booked a major role on upcoming fall series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
“I’m proud and thrilled to be back with ABC on an exciting and unique new show!” said Andrews in a statement to EW. “This role will be a real departure from any animated versions because of the layered emotions and complexities involved with making him a real three-dimensional character.”