‘Lost’ in ‘Wonderland’! Naveen Andrews joins ‘Once Upon’ spinoff in major role

He’s back: Naveen Andrews is returning to ABC primetime. The actor has booked a major role on upcoming fall seriesOnce Upon a Timein Wonderland.
Andrews will play Jafar — the main villain inDisney’s 1992 filmAladdin.
The role will mark Andrews’ U.S. TV return since playing Sayid onLost,which concluded in 2010. He’s appeared in one other project, the UK seriesSinbad, which was aired stateside on Syfy, and was cast in an ABC pilot earlier this year. The super-secret casting was just announced during theWonderlandpanel, with Andrews surprising fans by taking the stage.
“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.”
Showrunner Edward Kitsis said on the panel that Jafar will part of the show starting with the season premiere. “We absolutely had this character in mind and we knew we wanted Naveen to play it. We asked him he said yes and we said lets save it for Comic-Con … it’s going to be very frightening.”
Wonderlandpremieres Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.
By James Hibberd

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