New ABC series ‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’ now casting for season 1

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Casting Calls

“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” premiers Thursday October 10, 2013 on ABC at 8/7c.
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ABC Studios in association with Digital 49 Productions and Kitsis/Horowitz will begin shooting season one of the brand new fantasy-drama television series “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” on July 31, 2013. The casting directors have begun sending out casting calls for recurring roles, guest starring roles, and day player roles. Production is taking place at The Bridge Studios in Vancouver and various surrounding locations. The show’s stand-ins, photo-doubles, and extras are being cast locally in the Vancouver area. The series is a spin-off of the popular fairy tale drama series “Once Upon a Time”. Season one will continue shooting through February 17, 2014.

“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” tells the tale of young and beautiful Alice in Victorian England, who tells tales of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Although Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, but something deep inside of her heart keeps telling her this amazing Wonderland is real. Just before the doctors are able to make her forget, the sardonic Knave of Hearts and the irrepressible White Rabbit arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together, the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible.

Starring in “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” is Australian Film Institute AFI Award nominee Sophie Lowe in the role of Alice. Lowe earned he AFI Award for Best Lead Actress in the feature film “Beautiful Kate”. Two-time Academy Award nominee John Lithgow has replaced Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in voicing the character White Rabbit. English actor Peter Gadiot is portraying Alice’s love interest Cyrus. British Soap Awards winner Emma Rigby has been cast as Red Queen. Michael Socha has been cast in the role of Knave of Hearts. Academy Award nominee Barbara Hershey will make appearances as Cora, the Queen of Hearts. Rounding out the central characters is Golden Globe Award nominee and “Lost” star Naveen Andrews playing the villain Jafar.

Ralph Hemecker directed the pilot episode and will also direct episodes during the season. Three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominees Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are the creators and executive producers of “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”, and will also serve as showrunners. Also executive producing is Steve Pearlman and Zack Estrin.

All talent must be legally eligible to work in Vancouver, BC and Canada.

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• Guide to Child Labour Laws in Canada
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Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Farrah West
Veronica Collins Rooney Casting
800 S. Main Street
Suite 210
Burbank, CA 91506


Corinne Clark
Jennifer Page
Clark & Page Casting
196 West 3rd Avenue
Suite 210
Vancouver BC V5Y 1E9

Extras Casting


Lisa Ratke
c/o Stage 49 Ltd.
2400 Boundary Road
Burnaby BC V5M 3Z3

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Digital 49 Productions, Inc.
2400 Boundary Road
Burnaby BC V5M 3Z3

ABC Studios
500 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

500 S Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Executive Producers: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Steve Pearlman, Zack Estrin

Director: Ralph Hemecker (pilot episode)

Note: Various directors work different episodes during the season. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director’s role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer with creative control is called the showrunner (in this case Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis).


Sophie Lowe – Alice
John Lithgow – The White Rabbit
Peter Gadiot – Cyrus
Emma Rigby – The Red Queen
Michael Socha – Knave of Hearts
Jonny Coyne – Dr. Lydgate
Naveen Andrews – Jafar


Based on Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, a young girl is saved from doctors who think her mad by those wonderfully strange creatures at the end of a rabbit hole.