March 28, 2013 5:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Once Upon a Time' Spinoff 'Wonderland' Casts Its Alice
ABC's Once Upon a Time pilot presentation -- now called Once: Wonderland -- has cast its Alice.
English-born Australian actress Sophie Lowe has landed the Alice in Wonderland role in the network's Alice in Wonderland-themed spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, relative newcomer Peter Gadiot has been cast as Alice's mysterious love interest, Cyrus, in the project from Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
The duo joins Michael Socha, who was cast earlier Thursday as the Knave of Hearts. STORY: ABC Eyeing Potential 'Once Upon a Time' Spinoff
The Once team -- including EPs Jane Espenson, Zero Hour's Zack Estrin and Steve Pearlman -- will shoot a short "teaser" presentation in April and, should it move to pilot, shoot that in late July or August.
Lowe's Alice is described as young but having lived a hard and long life and carrying those scars on her psyche. Underneath it all, she has a generous heart that she tries to keep hidden. Gadiot's Cyrus, meanwhile, will play Alice's love interest with a background shrouded in mystery. Still to be cast are the mysterious Amahl and the White Rabbit, which will likely be animated with voiceover.
Lowe's credits include the Australian drama The Slap and episodes of Satisfaction, as well as features Two Mothers, The Philosophers and Blame. She's repped by CAA and Shanahan Management.
Gadiot's credits include an episode of My Spy Family and features Night Wolf and The Forbidden Girl. He's repped by Jonathan Arun and Industry Entertainment.