The former ‘Animal Practice’ star will have a tail of her own this fall.
ABC already teased us with a video of Ariel swimming her way to Storybrooke earlier this summer, and now we can finally put a face to the fins! Joanna Garcia has been tapped to play Once Upon A Time‘s little mermaid, TV Guide is reporting, though it sounds like her story will unfold a little differently than you might expect.
Joanna tweeted her excitement, shortly after the news broke:
Excited 2 finally be able to share that I will be swimming into @OnceABC as ‘Ariel’! So honored 2 be able to play such a beloved character! … Totally overwhelmed by this love! I have been an enormous fan of @OnceABC 4 so long! Grateful 2 have the support of all of its beloved fans!
In typical Once fashion, executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will reportedly reveal a “compelling backstory and twist” for the classic Disney princess. As for the appearance of her iconic nemesis, Eddy says that “Ursula could appear this season absolutely. But on our show, you never know what that might mean.”
Joanna’s news comes on the heels of another major season three announcement, the casting of New Zealand actress Rose McIver as Tinker Bell.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Joanna will make the perfect Ariel, or did you have another redhead in mind? Drop a comment with your thoughts on her casting below!
— Andy Swift
More ‘Once Upon A Time’ Season 3 Scoop:
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- ‘Once Upon A Time’ At Comic-Con: Ariel’s Arrival & More Season 3 Scoop
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