The first two additions to the cast of “Once Upon a Time” have been announced, and they are each hoping to bring a new meaning to the words “Disney princess” on this ABC series.
Mulan – First, we have the news via Entertainment Weekly that Jamie Chung (of “The Hangover” and “Sucker Punch” fame) is going to be playing the character of Mulan. How will this character be different on the show? For the time being, it’s unclear — we know that she is going to once again be a fearless warrior of Chinese origin, but the assumption here is that she will probably adopt a very different sort of personality within Storybrooke.
This is the first character introduced to the “Once Upon a Time” universe that comes from Asian origin, and this could potentially open the door for all sorts of other types of folklore to enter the picture.
Sleeping Beauty – We knew this one was coming eventually. TVLine is reporting that Sarah Bolger (seen next in the upcoming “Kiss Me,” a movie directed by “Survivor” host Jeff Probst) has been cast in the role of Aurora, who of course is better known by her rather soporific moniker.
What is particularly interesting about this casting is that it does open the door for Kristin Bauer van Straten to return as Maleficent on the show at some point, though we don’t know if it will happen — given that she was seemingly killed by Emma during the season 1 finale — or if it can happen considering that the actress is firmly committed to “True Blood” as a series regular. The show’s best hope is that they could film a guest spot with her this fall, while the HBO series is on hiatus.
What do you think about these two castings? Be sure to head on over to this link, as we are debating whether or not “Once Upon a Time” has a chance of scoring some love at the Primetime Emmy Awards this year.