Great news for Robert Carlyle fans! Just days after the actor bid his farewell to the Destiny as Stargate Universe‘s Dr. Nicholas Rush, ABC has picked up his newest project, sending Once Upon A Time to series.
Carlyle plays the fairy tale character of Rumplestiltskin in the show’s pilot (story). No word yet on whether he will have a full-time role in the ongoing series.
The show alternates between the fairy tale world and a small town in Maine. It stars House‘s Jennifer Morrison as Anna, a newcomer to the town who discovers that, here, fairy tales might be real. Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love) and Lana Parilla (Swingtown) also star.
“He’s absolutely, totally insane,” Carlyle said of his character in a video interview for With Kids. “What’s happened is that in fairy [tale] land there is an evil queen, and the evil queen has put a curse on the fairy tale characters because she’s fed up with happy endings. No more happy endings! So Snow White tries to do something about it.”
“They build a jail in fairy [tale] land just for him,” Carlyle laughed.
The show is created by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who previously served as producers on LOST.
We’re also awaiting word on whether Once Upon A Time will be a part of ABC’s fall schedule, or set for midseason. That should come when ABC officially announces its 2011-2012 schedule at its upfront presentation this coming Tuesday.