It's news that presumably everyone saw coming, but it's good news nonetheless: Emilie de Ravin has been promoted to the main cast of Once Upon a Time season 2, according to TVLine.
The ABC fantasy drama, which stars Jennifer Morrison and Gennifer Goodwin, is set in Storybrooke, a town whose inhabitants don't remember that they used to be fairytale characters (though the season finale changed all that). Its second season is slated to premiere in the fall.
In the first season, de Ravin appeared as Belle (from the Beauty and the Beast story), who falls in love with Rumplestiltskin (Once Upon a Time's version of the Beast) and is ultimately imprisoned by him. She appears a couple of times throughout the first season, but will become a mainstay in the show's sophomore year.
The promotion for de Ravin results from the fact that the pilot she was starring in, Americana, was not picked up to series. de Ravin is best known for appearing as Claire Littleton on LOST for five of the show's six seasons. Once Upon a Time creators Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz served as writers of LOST for all six seasons and executive producers for the final two.
News of de Ravin's promotion comes after last week's news that actress Meghan Ory had received star billing on the series. Ory portrays Red Riding Hood on the show, bringing Once Upon a Time's tally up to two new cast members, with likely more to come.
Once Upon a Time's second season will air Sundays this fall on ABC starting in September.