In this roundup of casting news, some actors are returning to a show that's waving goodbye, another performer is joining a show waving hello, and yet another is joining a show that's neither new to the party or on its way out. So let's dive right in, shall we?
First up, some familiar (and, dare we say, Charming?) faces will be gracing screens for the upcoming Once Upon a Time series finale. The official Twitter account for the ABC show promises that original stars Emilie de Ravin (Belle French), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), and Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) will return for the show's last hurrah.
“Seven years after we set off on this magical journey, we prepare to say goodbye to the cast, crew and writers that made the ‘happily ever after’ that is Once Upon a Time possible,” said creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz in a joint statement. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to say farewell than by reuniting so many of the characters that our fiercely loyal fans spent years with on their adventures. We hope everyone joins our Once family, old and new, for what we hope will be the sendoff of a lifetime befitting this stellar cast and its incomparable fans.”
So, although the show's executive producers have suggested that Once Upon a Time's series finale may not tie up all the loose ends, at least several recurring cast members returning for one final curtain call should serve as a satisfying farewell. As for finding out whether everyone lives happily ever after, it looks like we'll just have to tune in to the final episode, "Leaving Storybrooke," on May 18.
Once Upon a Time airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Karen Fukuhara has been cast as a series regular in Amazon's adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys, Deadline is reporting. Fukuhara made her feature debut as Katana in the 2016 DC superhero film Suicide Squad.
In The Boys, Fukuhara will play Female (that's actually her name), a young assassin with “blistering fighting skills who happens to have superpowers, and uses them for explosive evisceration.” Wow. Okay.
The book upon which the show is based ran for 72 issues from 2006 to 2012, and takes place in a world where superheroes exist -- only most of them are corrupted by their celebrity status. As a result, a CIA black ops squad simply known as "the boys" is formed to keep the world's superheroes in check, at any cost. So, who watches the watchmen? Apparently the boys do.
Before joining the team, Female is "savage, doesn’t speak and is a complete mystery,” according to Deadline. She later learns how to be human through her relationship with another team member, Frenchie. So, there’s that.
Fukuhara joins a cast that includes Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jesse T. Usher, and Nathan Mitchell.
After lingering in development hell for some time, the series is slated to begin filming this spring for a 2019 premiere.
And finally, Marvel Television and Netflix announced that Jay Ali (The Fosters) will join the cast of the third season of Daredevil, where he will play Rahul “Ray” Nadeem, “an honest but ambitious FBI agent willing to go to any length for his family.”
Ali joins the returning cast that includes Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin.
The third season of Daredevil is set to air on Netflix sometime later this year. Until then, the first two seasons are streaming now.