Paul Reubens Joins Once Upon A Time Spinoff At ABC

You can’t have a Wonderland-based series without a White Rabbit, and Paul Reubens, the actor most famous for portraying Pee-Wee Herman, has signed on to the Once Upon a Time spinoff, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, to play the famous character. Just in case you were worried the series would pull a Wilfred and force Reubens into a big bunny costume, the rabbit will actually be a CGI-only character (like Jiminy Cricket) and Reubens will lend his voice to bring the character to life.

While we don’t know much about the White Rabbit as a character, we do know he will be joining Alice herself (Sophie Lowe), as well as her two brave companions, Cyrus (Peter Gadiot) and the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha). Deadline first reported the news, also noting the Mad Hatter (played by Sebastian Stan in OUAT) and the Cheshire Cat will likely appear. Emma Rigby has also signed on to the presentation as the Red Queen.

The spinoff begins shooting this week for a presentation that will go to ABC heads to determine whether or not the project is something worth pursuing. If it does go to series, the project may air during the winter hiatus of Once Upon a Time, which could make it an ideal fit for a network that is hoping bring in audiences during the holiday season. OUAT creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will executive produce, alongside Steve Pearlman. Additionally, Ralph Hemecker, who has directed plenty of episodes of OUAT, is directing the presentation. We’ll let you know how Once Upon a Time in Wonderland does at ABC in the coming weeks.

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