The 40-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and Once Upon a Time star will assume another role on the forthcoming season of the ABC series.
Parrilla, who stars as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills, will step behind the camera and make her directorial debut.
Once Upon a Time co-creator Adam Horowitz took to Twitter to share the news, teasing fans with an image of a script page from season seven’s 17th episode titled “Chosen.”
Under the title it says “Written by Paul Karp & Brian Ridings” and below that it says “Directed by Lana Parrilla.”
Usually seen in front of the camera, this will mark Parrilla’s first time as a director. Horowitz calls the episode a “#titlespoiler.”
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said last week that although ratings have dropped, she is “cautiously optimistic.” She added, “It’s always hard at this point in January to know because some of it’s also dependent on your new development and how you feel about some of those things, so that’s part of why it’s really hard at the top of the year to really know what’s going to happen.”
Once Upon a Time is currently on a hiatus and is set to return to resume season seven on March 2.
It appears Lana Parrilla won’t living up to her character’s title on Once Upon a Time…
ABC’s fairy tale drama was showcased at Disney‘s D23 for “An Evening with Snow White & the Evil Queen,” with the 38-year-old Puerto Rican actress (Regina/Evil Queen), Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary Margaret/Snow White) and surprise guest Josh Dallas (David/Charming) joining series co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis.
During the panel, the audience was treated to season five’s opening minute, which picked up exactly where season four left off — with Emma (Jennifer Morrison) taking on the powers of the Dark One in order to save Regina…and vanishing.
“How could she be so stupid?” Regina asks. And when Snow points out that Emma saved Regina’s life, the former Evil Queen acknowledges she knows that. But, unfortunately, “Now she’s a problem for all of us,” Regina points out.
And when Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) tries to use the dagger to summon Emma with no success, Regina tells him that means one thing: Emma’s not in this world.
Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
For now, Garcia is expected to appear in two episodes of the hit fairytale drama, according to TV Guide Magazine.
It was revealed at Comic-Con that the Little Mermaid would be making an appearance in the new season, which kicks off on September 29, with a teaser revealing Ariel/Little Mermaid.
As is ordinary practice on the ABC fairy tale drama, expect the Little Mermaid to have a slight twist from the 1989 animated feature classic.
Garcia’s casting comes weeks after Once Upon a Time cast Rose McIver in the role of Tinker Bell, with executive producer Adam Horowitz hinting that she will have a “surprising connection” to a main character.
Garcia recently starred in NBC‘s short-lived comedy Animal Practice and was a regular on The WB‘s Reba. She has also recently recurred onRoyal Painsand starred in ABC’s Better with You.
It looks like Oprah isn’t the only celebrity to grace the cover of her own magazine…
Once Upon a Time star Lana Parrilla appears on the cover of the hit ABC fairy tale drama’s new magazine.
Titan Magazines is publishing two special collector’s edition magazines, with the first issue going on sale Tuesday. The second edition will go on sale this summer.
The magazine will serve as a companion to the series, with 148 pages of content including cast interviews withParrilla, Jennifer Morrison, Jared Gilmore and Meghan Ory, as well as interviews with the show’s creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Other components in the magazine include making-of features and a guide to season one.
The second issue will include an interview with Ginnifer Goodwin, among other features.
Jorge Garciawill soon be appearing in a giant roleon one of last season’s biggest new series…
The 39-year-old half-Cuban/half-Chilean American actor/comedianwill portray the Giant in an episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
With plans for a Jack and the Beanstalk episode, it’s believed that Garcia will appear in that hour of the ABC fairy-tale drama’s upcoming second season
The casting marks a reunion for all involved: Once Upon a Time showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis served as producers on Lost, on which Garcia played Hurley.
In the new season, Once Upon a Time will be introducing new characters Mulan (Jamie Chung), Sir Lancelot (Sinqua Walls), Sleeping Beauty (Sarah Bolger), Prince Phillip (Julian Morris) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue).
“This was a passion project for me and Adam [Horowitz],” says executive producer Eddie Kitsis. “We have a finale planned that is going to be so unexpected that the audience will be left wondering what happened.”
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