TV Guide Magazine reports the actress has been cast as Ariel in the ABC’s fantasy drama’s forthcoming third season. Swisher will appear in at least two episodes – possibly more – of the third season starting with the sixth episode.
The character of Ariel – featured, of course, in the Disney animated movie The Little Mermaid – has been rumoured to be featured in Once since its first season. Speculation was particularly rife during the show’s second season when the characters of Aurora (Sarah Bolger), Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Mulan (Jamie Chung) all featured as part of the storylines.
Actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher has long been tied in with the rumours surrounding the character. The actress mostly recently appeared in Animal Practice and Royal Pains but is perhaps better known for her roles in Privileged and Reba.
The third season of Once Upon A Time will re-introduce the character of Robin Hood who appeared in a single episode of the second season played by British actor Tom Ellis. For the third season the character has been recast with fellow British actor Sean Maguire taking over as Tom Ellis is unavailable.
Once Upon A Time returns to ABC on Sunday 29th September. Spin-off series Once Upon A Time in Wonderland will premier on October 10th.