ABC's fairy tale drama Once Upon A Time was one of the biggest smash hits of last season, capturing the imaginations of many different viewer demographics. Now, two new young starlets have signed on to join the season two cast in recurring roles, and not just any roles either. Both are classic characters of literary history.
First off, Jamie Chung (star of The Hangover II, and Sucker Punch) will be portraying the legendary Chinese warrior Mulan. The character first appeared in an ancient Chinese poem that detailed how the young female character of Hua Mulan grew up to take her ailing father's place in the Chinese army, all the while keeping up the facade of being a man. You may recall that the Walt Disney Company (corporate parent of ABC) adapted the story in to a well-received animated feature in 1998, but as usual, the Disney version changed many aspects of the original text. The Once Upon A Time version of the character is described as having "a spirituality that enhances her tactical and strategic abilities. She has suffered past betrayals, so her trust is hard-won, but once she gives her oath of friendship her loyalty knows no boundaries". So, not all together different from the Disney version, but with a harder edge.
The other classical character being brought new life this fall is Princess Aurora, although you may know her better under the moniker "Sleeping Beauty". Aurora will be played by former "The Tudors" star Sarah Bolger. I'd explain her character's backstory to you, but if you don't already know the story of Sleeping Beauty, you're way too young to be using this website and should probably be taking a nap. The story was first published in 1697, with the most well known adaptation again being a Disney animated feature. The OUAT take on the character describes her as " spoiled girl from a privileged background who’s willing to sacrifice everything for love". Sounds about right. Viewers will remember her arch-nemesis Maleficent was already introduced in season one.
Did you watch the first season of Once Upon A Time? Are you interested to see these new takes on Mulan and Sleeping Beauty?
Source: Entertainment Weekly