Sayid! It’s been so long since I’ve said that name. It’s been equally as long since we’ve all seen Naveen Andrews on our television screens. We’re happy to report that all that is about to change. Naveen has book a major role on the upcoming ABC Once Upon A Time spin-off series Once Upon A Time in Wonderland.
Who will he be playing?
Naveen will be playing the part of Jafar, the villain from the magical Disney film Aladdin.
When I first read this, I was confused. Why is Jafar in Wonderland? Wouldn’t he be more at home on Once Upon A Time? Then again, they have enough characters to worry about for now. But perhaps we’ll see him over there in the future?
“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.”
Wonderland premieres Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.