‘Once Upon A Time in Wonderland’ debuts in nearly three weeks and Oncers are eagerly awaiting Alice’s arrival. Show-runners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have made it clear that this will be a story about True Love above all else, but like most fairytales, happily ever after will not come easy.
ABC reveals following episode description for the series premiere (posted on SpoilerTV):
BACK FROM WONDERLAND EVERYONE ASSUMES ALICE IS MAD, BUT SHE IS DRAWN BACK DOWN THE RABBITHOLE BY EMBARKING ON A BRAND NEW JOURNEY ON ABC’S “ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND”
From the creative minds that introduced audiences to ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Tron: Legacy”) and Zack Estrin (“The River”) bring a fantastical, epic adventure to life with an exciting new twist on the classic Alice In Wonderland story. Make a very important date to step through the looking glass for a modern take on a beloved fable brimming with wonder, magic and unspeakable danger.
In the series premiere episode, “Down the Rabbit Hole,” Alice returns home to her father telling her that everyone thought she was dead. Her imaginative stories about a talking White Rabbit and a mystical place called Wonderland end up getting her admitted into an asylum where Dr. Lydgate convinces her to have a procedure that will allow her to forget her pain. Right before the operation is set to take place she is rescued by the Knave of Hearts who takes her to the rabbit who informs her that her true love Cyrus is still alive. As the trio then jumps into the portal returning to Wonderland, Alice sets out on a quest to find him but the villainous Jafar and the Red Queen have other plans for her, on “Once Upon a Time In Wonderland,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Once Upon a Time In Wonderland” stars Sophie Lowe as Alice, Michael Socha as Knave of Hearts, Peter Gadiot as Cyrus, Emma Rigby as The Red Queen with Naveen Andrews as Jafar and John Lithgow as the voice of the White Rabbit.
“Once Upon a Time In Wonderland” is executive produced by Edward Kitsis (“Once Upon A Time”), Adam Horowitz (“Once Upon A Time”), Steve Pearlman (“Once Upon A Time”) and Zack Estrin (“The River”). “Once Upon a Time In Wonderland” is produced by ABC Studios.
Guest starring are Jonny Coyne as Dr. Lydgate, Iggy Pop as the voice of the Caterpillar, Jessy Schram as Ashley Boyd/Cinderella and Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Millie Brown as Young Alice, Shaun Smyth as Alice’s father, Matty Finochio as Tweedledee, Ben Cotton as Tweedledum, Ryan Elm as Doctor, Michael Q. Adams as Doctor #2 and Keith David as the voice of the Cheshire Cat.
“Down the Rabbit Hole” was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, Zack Estrin, Jane Espenson and directed by Ralph Hemecker.
As we can see by the telling list of guest-stars, the series will begin with a bit of cross-over from ‘Once Upon A Time.’ It will be interesting to see how Cinderella and Grumpy play into Alice’s wondrous adventures. Have they traveled through Wonderland? Did Alice meet them in Fairytale Land? Could Cindy or Grumpy have dealt with Jafar, the Red Queen or Cyrus in the past? We can’t wait to find out!
One thing is certain, sparks fly when Alice and Cyrus meet. In this sneak peek, Alice tells Cyrus why she traveled to Wonderland. As he asks more about her personal life, it is clear that this is love at first sight, especially for the smitten genie.
What will Alice wish for? How much time do they get to spend together before the evil Red Queen takes Cyrus away from Alice? How far is Alice willing to go to rescue her beloved Cyrus?
Sophie Lowe chats about her “badass” Alice and the obstacles she must overcome in Wonderland and in London. Check out the embedded video for this ‘Wonderland’ exclusive from The Huffington Post.
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‘Once Upon A Time in Wonderland’ premieres Thursday, October 10 at 8 p.m. on ABC.