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'Once Upon A Time' Showrunners Open Up About Aladdin & Jasmine For Upcoming Season

'Once Upon A Time' Showrunners Open Up About Aladdin & Jasmine For Upcoming Season

Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis are opening up about the Aladdin storyline coming to the upcoming season of Once Upon A Time.

Speaking with THR, the showrunners dished about Aladdin and Jasmine’s love story on screen, Jafar being a new big bad and more. Check it:

On introducing the Aladdin story to Storybrooke: “It’s been a long time coming. We talked about using these characters pretty much since the first season, internally. It was always about the right time and when it would fit into the storytelling the way we wanted to. With the Land of Untold Stories and with Jekyll and Hyde I think you’ll see that the Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar story folds in neatly.”

On leaving the Genie back in Agrabah: “Obviously, I don’t think we would touch the genie. I would like to see a monkey but I can’t promise anything. I think, whereas some stories, like Frozen, we were very faithful to Frozen, I think you will see Aladdin will have its own Once twist.”

On Jafar’s evilness: “I think it’s the Once Upon a Time tone, which is to say that dark things happen but it never gets bleak, which is the difference we always draw. Despite how dark and scary things can get, there’s always a hopefulness at the core of the storytelling. I think with the Aladdin story and how it meshes with the Once Upon a Time story, the same will hold true. We’re not going to pull any punches with Jafar in terms of being a really dark and evil character.”

On Jasmine and Aladdin’s love: “I would say that it’s a little of everything. I think that their love story is such a central part of their story that we want to honor that. I think that we’re going to open up a new avenue for Aladdin and Jasmine in our little cul-de-sac.”

Karen David will star as Jasmine, with Deniz Akdeniz as Aladdin and Oded Fehr as Jafar when Once Upon A Time returns on Sunday, September 25th on ABC.

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Galavant's Karen David To Play Princess Jasmine on 'Once Upon A Time'

Galavant's Karen David To Play Princess Jasmine on 'Once Upon A Time'

JJJ couldn’t think of a more perfect casting for Princess Jasmine on Once Upon A Time!

Karen David, who previously starred as another princess on Galavant, will bring the Arabian royal to life, it was announced today at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday (July 23).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Karen David

Karen will join Deniz Akdeniz as Aladdin, Oded Fehr as Jafar, Giles Matthey as Morpheus and Craig Horner as the Count of Monte Cristo for the fantasy show’s upcoming season.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Karen as Jasmine?

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'Once Upon A Time' Casts Deniz Akdeniz as Aladdin For Season 6

'Once Upon A Time' Casts Deniz Akdeniz as Aladdin For Season 6

Deniz Akdeniz will take on the role of Aladdin on Once Upon A Time, it was revealed at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday (July 23).

The 26-year-old actor, who you might recognize from Jessie (he charmed Debby Ryan in Rome), will play the street rat turned prince on the fantasy program, along with Oded Fehr as Jafar. We hope this means that Jasmine is on her way, too!

The upcoming season is “not going to be ‘Hyde comes to town, we fight with him for 10 episodes, and then the winter finale he dies, we move on.’ We kind of changed around what we’re doing this year… going back to that season 1 mentality, with small town stories and smaller arcs. We’re planning a 22 episode story, as oppose to just kind of breaking it up into 2 parts,” creator/EP Edward Kitsis shared at ATX earlier in the year.

WHAT DO YOU THINK about Deniz as Aladdin?

'Dancing With The Stars', 'black-ish', 'Modern Family' & More Renewed For New Seasons on ABC

'Dancing With The Stars', 'black-ish', 'Modern Family' & More Renewed For New Seasons on ABC

We’re so excited that Dancing With the Stars was just renewed for a 23rd season on ABC!

The network just announced the season renewal along with new seasons of America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Agents of SHIELD, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Shark Tank and Quantico.

Still yet to be renewed are Agent Carter, American Crime, Castle, Nashville, Galavant and Last Man Standing.

TELL JJJ: Which series are you most excited about returning?

Merida Meets Mulan On Tonight's 'Once Upon A Time'

Merida Meets Mulan On Tonight's 'Once Upon A Time'

Merida (Amy Manson) shows Mulan (Jamie Chung) the rules of archery in this new still from the special two-hour Once Upon A Time tonight.

In the first hour, “Birth”, tensions in Camelot come to a head when Merlin, now under Arthur’s control, delivers an ultimatum to Emma: hand over the Dark One dagger and the Promethean spark or he will kill her entire family.

In the second, “The Bear King”, Zelena and Arthur journey to DunBroch on a mission to retrieve an enchanted relic that will provide the advantage they need to vanquish Emma and our heroes. Their path will cross with Merida’s, who is on a journey of her own to pay a debt that her father, King Fergus, owed to the Witch when he died.

Merida enlists the help of two friends, Mulan and Ruby, but, in order to satisfy the Witch and save DunBroch, she first must discover the identity of the knight who killed her father. In flashbacks, Merida learns about bravery and honor as she trains for combat and rides alongside Fergus into the infamous battle that claims his life.

“Birth” and “The Bear King” airs TONIGHT, Sunday, November 15th @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC.


Merida Meets Mulan – Once Upon A Time

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Merida Is Coming To 'Once Upon A Time' - See The First Look!

Merida Is Coming To 'Once Upon A Time' - See The First Look!

Meet Princess Merida!

The newest Princess (Amy Manson) to make an appearance on Once Upon A Time was introduced to the audience during the 2015 Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon (July 11) in San Diego, Calif.

Stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Sean Maguire and Rebecca Mader, along with co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz gave a glimpse of what’s to come on the show in Season 5 — Merida, and a dark Emma Swan!

Check out all the sneak peeks below!


Once Upon a Time Season 5 Sneak Peek – Meet Merida

30+ pics inside of the Once Upon A Time cast…More Here »

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'Once Upon A Time's New Poster Has Evil Written All Over It

'Once Upon A Time's New Poster Has Evil Written All Over It

Check out the cool and creepy new promo poster for Once Upon A Time!

Debuted by super fan Kayla on Tumblr, the new poster features three big bad queens — Ursula (Merrin Dungey), Maleficent (Kristin Bauer) and Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit).

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When the series returns on ABC, co-creator Eddy Kitsis told TVLine that you’ll see a “very formidable team of evil coming our way.”

Can’t wait to see what’s coming next! Bigger poster inside…

ARE YOU EXCITED for the return of Once?

Kristoff & Anna Are Back Together On 'Once Upon A Time' Tonight

Kristoff & Anna Are Back Together On 'Once Upon A Time' Tonight

Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster) and Anna (Elizabeth Lail) are back together once again in this new still from Once Upon A Time.

In “Heroes and Villains”, In the aftermath of the Snow Queen’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) spell, our heroes try to pick up the pieces and Regina (Lana Parrilla) has to make a difficult choice. Hook’s (Colin O’Donoghue) fate hangs in the balance as Gold’s (Robert Carlyle) quest for power threatens everything he holds dear.

And, in the Enchanted Forest flashback, an intrusion during Belle’s (Emilie de Ravin) stay at Rumplestiltskin’s dark castle will wreak havoc in both the past and the future.

“Heroes and Villains” airs TONIGHT, December 14th @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

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