Three years after the world said goodbye to Sayid Jarrah, 'Lost' star Naveen Andrews is officially headed back to ABC. Andrews has signed on to play a major role on this fall's 'Once Upon A Time' spin-off, entitled 'Once Upon A Time In Wonderland.' This project will also mark the actor's first return to American airwaves since 'Lost' ended.
Andrews won't just be playing any regular old hero or villain either. He'll be playing Jafar, the main antagonist of the 1992 Disney classic 'Aladdin.' The announcement of Andrews' casting was made in grand fashion, as the actor surprised fans with an unscheduled appearance during the new series' Comic-Con panel.
Showrunner Edward Kitsis said the following about Jafar's casting: “We absolutely had this character in mind and we knew we wanted Naveen to play it. We asked him he said yes and we said lets save it for Comic-Con … it’s going to be very frightening.”
For his part, Andrews offered this statement to EW.com: I’m proud and thrilled to be back with ABC on an exciting and unique new show!. This role will be a real departure from any animated versions because of the layered emotions and complexities involved with making him a real three-dimensional character.”
While I think Naveen Andrews is an inspired casting choice for the role, I still have to question the wisdom of ABC creating a spin-off for a series that saw its ratings plunge in season two. The core 'OUAT' fanbase is certainly a loyal one, but I don't think it's logical to expect 'Wonderland' to outdraw its progenitor. Then again, nobody ever expected 'SVU' to become more popular than 'Law & Order.'
Do you think Naveen Andrews will make a good Jafar?