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Surviving the Summer Break for Once Upon a Time Fans – Camelot Cast Revealed!

I’m swimming in Once Upon a Time news from Comic Con like Prince Charming water dancing with the Lady in the Lake-turned Snow White: it’s sexy as hell, but it isn’t real.

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“Nah, nah, honey, I’m good.”

I wanted to title this article “Comic-Con Is the Cure for the Summertime Once Upon a Time Blues,” but while I’ve reveled in every little scrap of news coming out of San Diego this weekend, I’m feeling ever the more desperate for September 27. Every funny, exciting, thrilling quote, picture, or revelation that’s proffered up, just reminds me more and more that that which we yearn for is still 76 days away.

By the way, I made this. Consider it a gift. Christmas in July, etc., etc. You’re super welcome. Please send cookies.

But several weeks ago I did say we have to stay optimistic if we want to make it out of Summer break alive. And while I loathe eating my words (they get in the way of the delicious cookies I’m trying to shovel in there), I have to admit, it really is the best course of action. So let’s focus on the positive!

We have FOUR new confirmed actors for Season 5 according to the news out of Saturday’s OUaT panel. We’ve already focused on Amy Mason who was cast as Merida, the arrow-shooting red-head who doesn’t take any MacGuff from anyone. It’s possible she may make an early appearance and play a part in the Dark Swan storyline, but my doubloons are on her making her debut Zelena-style and kicking off the second half of the season post hiatus and after the Dark Swan chapter closes.

Since Episode 1 of Season 5 is definitely titled “Dark Swan,” and it is confirmed by show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis that the episode will pick up just moments after the events of the Season 4 finale, we can easily assume that the Apprentice’s dying admonition to “find Merlin” will be on the top of everyone’s to do list. Merlin, of Authurian legend fame, is to be played by Elliot Knight.

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Most famous for his portrayal of the pirate Sinbad in the 2013 UK television show of the same name, Knight is an unexpected yet intriguing choice for the wizard to end all Dark Ones.

Knight is twenty-five years old, which is a sharp contrast to the traditional depiction of Merlin as an aged warlock. Anything written about Merlin’s younger years dealt much with his love life, which is always a topic OUaT is masterful at making into motive. Considering the Lady in the Lake has already been well-established, she would be an excellent introduction to Merlin in an episode; recounting her possible backstory as Viviane the huntress, and Merlin’s legendary obsession with her. Of course, Knight is just playing the part. They may very well age him, or explain away his age to magic. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time on this show for that!

Lisbon born Joana Metrass joins the cast as Camelot’s Guinevere.

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Her credits include long-running Portuguese dramas Morangos com Açúcar (2012) and Sinais de Vida (2013).

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Fresh out of Wayward Pines (2015) is Andrew Jenkins who will portray Percival, one of King Arthur’s knights. As Lancelot appeared in Season 2, it’s reasonable to assume that he and several other knights may also play a part in the backstory of Merlin. No word yet if phrases like “Holy Grail” or “Quest” or “Shrubbery” will come up along the way, but knights and princesses in Camelot rarely have boring days, so I expect we can look forward to some of the traditional mythos weaving its way into the Dark Swan storyline.

I and other Oncers are also interested to see if fan speculation might become canon. You’ll remember that at the end of Operation Mongoose Part 2, Lily, who is dragonborn, asked Emma if she minded if she stayed in town to look for her real father.

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“I’m trying to get me an mom on Maury, but they say I have to at least three suspected dads before they’ll even interview me.”

As Merlin is known for his demonic origins and his penchant for talking to dragons, there are definite rumblings about if Merlin will be revealed to be Maleficent’s dragondaddy. While likely it’s also rather obvious, so I’m calling fifty-fifty odds on that scenario.

Maybe I’ll change the name of the article to the “Once Upon a Time Summer Speculation 2015 Bonanza.” I feel like I’m sitting around, pre-Deathly Hallows, spitballing what I think is going to happen in book seven of Harry Potter based off of the color scheme of the dust jacket. But no matter what happens, good or bad, expected or blindsided, traditional or whole new story, I am confident that someone will send me cookies— I mean, that Season 5 will be the most magical season yet! Join me in the comments for more spitballing!

Do you like the choices for the our new Camelot cast?
What theories do you have about Merlin, Guinevere, and Percival?
Do you think Merlin and Lily will be related?

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‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Just Added a Villain to the Roster

Just a week after director Paul Feig gave us a peek at Ghostbusters Jumpsuit and Proton Pack 2.0, Deadline reports that the Ghostbusters reboot has just cast its main baddie!

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Writer and actor Neil Casey joins the cast as a villainous character named Rowan. His writing credits include Saturday Night Live (he’ll be in good company with fellow SNL players Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon), Inside Amy Schumer, and Kroll Show, and I adore all of those things. He has appeared as an actor in episodes of Broad City and The League (I ADORE!) and currently stars in another Feig project, the Yahoo! original series Other Space. These folks keep it all in the family!

No news about Casey’s character is available just yet, but – and I’m speculating here – if they keep to a total gender swapping of characters from the original Ghostbusters film (as they have with the main cast and the recent addition of our favorite hunk of blond Asgardian Chris Hemsworth in the original Annie Potts role of Janine Melnitz) wouldn’t Casey be set up to be a counterpart to Sigourney Weaver’s Dana Barrett? To be fair, Dana was never a true villain because she was possessed, but then the first film didn’t have a Big Bad at all, did it?

Now that we’ve got a villain, let’s hope Columbia Pictures slips us some plot details next! I need to know if I can expect a Stay Puft Woman in 2016. The new Ghostbusters is scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release.

What do you think about this new casting news? Let us know in the comments!

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James Frain to Join ‘Gotham’ Cast for Season 2

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James Frain, the actor you love to spot in your favorite series like a game of “I Spy,” has just joined the upcoming season of Gotham!

Deadline reports that Frain will be among the new villains to make their mark in Gotham as Theo Galavan, whose sister, Tabitha, becomes Tigress down the line, one of my favorite DC villainesses. Theo is a billionaire industrialist do-gooder who is another in a slowly moving line of folks who want to save Gotham. Good deeds aside, Galavan and his sister harbor a deep vendetta and soon he and Tigress set out to turn the whole place upside down. No word yet who will portray Tigress.

Frain’s role is one of two new regular roles recently cast (Nicholas D’Agosto, who previously was recurring as Harvey Dent, was also bumped up to series regular). I can see it; Frain does excel in roles requiring a fair amount of smarm and he’s always memorable.

What do you think about this casting news? Are you looking forward to the new season of Gotham?

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