John Stamos is giving Once Upon a Time fans a little extra incentive to tune in to Galavant after Once goes on its mid-season break.
ABC is obviously hoping that Oncers will embrace a second fairy tale show even though Once Upon a Time in Wonderland failed to enchant Evil Regals and Ugly Ducklings. Luckily, Galavant is doing a great job casting its spell so far. According to ABC News, the musical comedy has used its magic to conjure up an appearance by John Stamos. He’s set to guest star as a singing knight who will be a rival to the series’ titular character.
Here’s what executive producer Dan Fogelman said about the exciting casting news:
“We are absolutely thrilled that John Stamos is joining us on the series as Galavant’s longtime rival — a dashing knight who squares off against him once more in a local joust. We’ve wanted John to do an arc on this show since inception.”
According to Broadway World, Stamos’ rival will be played by the equally-dashing Josha Sasse. Sasse’s hero character, Galavant, is a love-struck charmer who loses his ladylove Madalena (Mallory Jansen) when she’s kidnapped by the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). After watching Omundson’s antics in the trailer, it’s clear that John Stamos won’t play the only charming villain on the show.
This plot might sound somewhat similar to that of The Princess Bride, but rest assured that Galavant is no cheap knock off, and the hero’s damsel in distress is no Princess Buttercup — she decides to ditch Galavant for a regal life of fortune and fame. Galavant seemingly gives up on the whole hero thing after losing his love, but a princess (Karen David) who needs help saving her kingdom just might help him get back into the groove of slaying dragons and saving the day.
Judging from the Galavant trailer, John Stamos made a smart move by joining the ABC series. It features some delightfully Monty Python-esque moments, including Omundson gleefully singing about eye-stabbing and liberating heads from necks. John also should have no problem fitting in with the talented cast — he’s done plenty of singing over the course of his career, and he’s even starred in a TV musical series. John Stamos’ stint as a singing dentist on Glee probably helped him score the Galavant role.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, ABC’s other fairy tale series, Once Upon a Time, is getting tons of buzz for adding characters from Disney’s Frozen to its cast. Galavant might not feature Disney characters, but it does have a few Disney connections — EP Dan Fogelman wrote the Tangled screenplay, and the series features songs by composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and lyricist Glenn Slater (Tangled, The Little Mermaid).
Fogelman hinted that John Stamos’ knight character might pop up more than once on Galavant, and he had nothing but praise for the singing star:
“He’s funny as hell, and he sings, and he looks like Lancelot wishes he looked. We can’t wait!”
Are you looking forward to seeing John Stamos as a knight in shining armor on Galavant?
[Photo courtesy of Just Jared]