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Once Upon A Time In Wonderland’s Alice Will Kick Ass (Sweet!)

Curiouser and curiouser!

We still hate the title of ABC’s Once Upon a Time spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (hereby Wonderland), but that doesn’t mean we aren’t excited to see another cool take on Alice. 

Granted, we’ve already seen ABC’s Alice, Sophie Lowe, get into some adventuring in the Wonderland trailer but it’s nice to hear it straight from the horses mouth. Or rabbit, as the case may be.

At the Television Critics Association tour this week, executive producers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Zack Estrin spoke about their approach to the classic tale. “We’ll be going into Wonderland,” Kitsis said of the premiere episode. “We’ll get a sense of the world with Alice’s return and meet Jaffar and the Red Queen.”

Fans can also expect to see The White Rabbit, played by John Lithgow, and the Knave of Hearts, played by Being Human’s Michael Socha. But how does Aladdin’s Jaffar fit in? Well, they’re mixing the two stories together. In Wonderland, our Alice has fallen in love with a genie and she’s on a quest to save him. According to IGN’s report:

“We never wanted her to be a damsel in distress,” Kitsis said when asked how they had conceived of their version of the iconic Alice. “We wanted her to go down that rabbit hole, sword in hand, and find her man.” In his address to the press, Lee promised that this would be a very “kick-ass” version of the character. Lowe agrees that she is “tough, and both mentally and physically strong.”

And for anyone worried about Sebastian Stan getting recast as the Mad Hatter, don’t. Deadline writes, “[Horowitz] ‘We would move heaven and earth to have him come back on either show, but he’s doing Captain America now … he has an open door.’ The producer added that whether or not Stan becomes available in the future: We are never going to have a Mad Hatter who is NOT played by Sebastian.”

(via io9)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."