Once Upon a Time is heading to a whole new world for Season 6. In the teaser trailer for the new season that debuted at Comic-Con's Once Upon a Time panel, we got a sneak peak at Aladdin and Jafar and their sour history. Not only that, but soon after it was announced that Galavant's Karen David will be playing the live-action Jasmine to Deniz Akdeniz's Aladdin. Now we just have to wait and see who will be cast as the magic carpet and Abu!
As far as what role Aladdin will play in the season, Showrunner Adam Horowitz revealed we won't get much of the Aladdin characters initially, but they do have a big part to play in the year to come. He went on to tease a strong connection between Emma and the infamous "street rat," explaining that Emma and Aladdin are alike as they are both "saviors." That connection will play an important part in Emma's season 6 journey. Horowitz said at the panel:
"There's clearly some sort of connection between him and Emma, as a savior, and that kind of tie is what made it feel appropriate to bring our Aladdin spin into the show now. We're going to deal with some very strong and emotional things."
Jafar is also returning to the show, only with a different actor. The previous actor — Lost's Naveen Andrews — is now starring on Netfilx's hit Sense8, making him unavailable to return to Once. Oded Fehr will replace him as the devious Sultan with a chip on his shoulder for Aladdin. In the teaser, Jafar warns Aladdin “That’s why you never, ever hear these words about a savior: ‘They live happily ever after.’”
Check out the Aladdin and Jasmine reveal from Comic-Con:
Jasmine coming in to the picture could mean that Aladdin and Jasmine's love story will reflect Emma and Captain Hook's. Since Emma and Aladdin are connected as saviors, it would make sense that their inability to commit to relationships because of their past mirrors one another. Hook and Emma ended Season 5 on a positive note, but a bumpy road still lies ahead for the star-crossed lovers.
The Land Of Untold Stories
Aladdin and Jasmine join a slew of new fairytale characters coming to Once Upon a Time for its sixth season, including Morpheus and the Count of Monte Cristo. Season 5 of OUAT saw the characters of Untold Stories taking over Storybrooke with Mr. Hyde leading the charge. The Evil Queen also made an unexpected return after Regina thought she had destroyed her for good when she separated herself from her. Horowitz and Edward Kitsis teased that Season 6 will reveal the darkness in all of the characters through their own untold stories, including the new guys in town.
Anything is fair game for Season 6 — that is except for Emma and Hook, who are finally officially an item, Collin O' Donoghue confirmed. "It's going to be very complicated, " he teased. "But part of it too is that it's going to be fun because there's been enough messing around: We're a couple."
Music to Captain Swan shipper's ears!
Once Upon a Time Season 6 premieres September 25 on ABC!
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