After two seasons promising everyone's favorite mermaid princess would make an appearance, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" is finally delivering on that promise by casting "Reba" star JoAnna Garcia as Ariel.
The Mary Sue reported the news on August 17, 2013, adding that Garcia's character is currently expected to appear in two episodes of the show. Along with promising the familiar charm fans have come to love from the Disney princess, "Once" producers are also promising a good back-story and a possible connection to a main character's story.
"Once" also recently announced the casting of Rose McIver as Tinker Bell. No word yet on whether or not the show will also include "Little Mermaid" villain Ursula the sea witch, but a recent TV Guide interview with executive producer Eddy Kitsis hinted at the possibility:
Could Ariel's witchy octopus nemesis Ursula the sea witch be far behind? "Ursula could appear this season, absolutely," teases executive producer Eddy Kitsis. "But on our show you never know what that might mean."
Season 3 of "Once Upon a Time" kicks off September 29.
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