JoAnna Garcia Cast as Ariel on Once Upon a Time

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Once Upon a Time's sought-after and much-anticipated role of Ariel belongs to JoAnna Garcia!

The redhead will be appearing in the third season when our characters travel to Neverland.

Joanna Garcia, 34, certainly looks the part of the Little Mermaid, doesn't she?

Garcia, Ariel

Once Upon a Time creator Adam Horowitz revealed the enchanting news Friday afternoon via Twitter writing: "So thrilled to welcome @JoAnnaLGarcia  to the #OnceUponATime family as our Ariel!"

"Can't wait to bring you under the sea!"

No word yet on how he'll do that, but Garcia confirmed the news on Twitter as well, "Excited 2 share that I'll be swimming to @OnceABC as 'Ariel'! So honored 2 play such a beloved character!"

Sounds like everyone involved is excited about the third season and this aquatic new addition. Tell us, TV Fanatics: Do you think Once Upon a Time found the right mermaid for the role? And just how evil will Ariel be?

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Geelightning

and now they seem to be casting a role that fits eric's description

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Not excited about this. I think she's a better comedic actress, and while there is plenty of opportunity to go campy with Ariel, I think she will be a serious character. I hope I'm pleasantly surprised.

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Whoa, not who I would've even thought of, but I think it'll be good! Glad to see her on another show. :)

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