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Exclusive: ABC's Once Upon a Time Gets Lost, Taps Alan Dale For Royal Role

Another Lost Easter egg is being planted within ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and this one walks and talks!

The highly anticipated fairytale drama — from Lost producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis  — has tapped Charles Widmore himself, Alan Dale, to play the father of Josh Dallas’ Prince Charming.

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“It’s a really pivotal role, and a pivotal part of the Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming story that we don’t think has been told yet,” Horowitz tells TVLine, adding that Dale is booked for one episode “but we’re leaving the door open for a larger tale to potentially tell with him.”

Dale is the first Lost alum to invade Time‘s turf, but probably not the last. The pilot alone contains numerous references to the late ABC drama, including a clock stuck at 8:15 and a Geronimo Jackson bumper sticker. It also boasts Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof as a consultant. “Damon has been a godfather to us,” Kitsis told reporters earlier this month at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour. “His name is not on the show, but he is in the DNA of it.”

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Once Upon a Time premieres Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8/7.