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Once Upon a Time Scoop: Meet Captain Hook!

Once Upon a Time is giving actor Colin O’Donoghue the Hook!

The ABC drama has tapped the Irish thesp to join the Season 2 cast in the potentially recurring role of Captain Hook, TVLine has confirmed.

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A handsome, fearsome and confident pirate ship captain, Hook relishes every challenge and never backs down from a fight, whether the reward is power, riches, or women. He possesses the meticulous style and old-school manners of a proper gentleman, but beneath that veneer lies a vindictive enemy who will not rest until all his enemies have been defeated… and humiliated.

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O’Donoghue, who guest-starred on The Tudors as Duke Philip of Bavaria, is slated to debut in this season’s fourth episode.



Comments (81)

  • no…just no.

    Comment by Polly – August 3, 2012 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ooh. He’s kinda hot.

    Comment by tornado – August 3, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A very young Captain Hook. I appreciate that OUAT has a female audience to appeal to, but come on it’s Captain Hook you’re casting and not some Prince Charming type of character. I’m gonna give him a chance, but I was hoping for some older and more distinguished.

    Comment by Nat3 – August 3, 2012 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reminds me of a younger version of Dustin Hoffman’s Hook. I like that, A LOT!

    Comment by Manie – August 3, 2012 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interesting choice. I have never saw him anything and it seems odd that they are casting Hook so young. I will wait to see the episode though before I start calling him a bad choice. Maybe they can make him look older. At least he has a piercing stare.

    Comment by mick – August 3, 2012 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The only thing I remember him in was that Anthony Hopkin’s possession movie that came out a few years ago. He was the lead. He was a priest. I believe it was called The Rite.

      Comment by Lena120 – August 3, 2012 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome.Works for me.

    Comment by V – August 3, 2012 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aww come on, this show is starting to get ridiculous really, REALLY fast…

    Comment by Anna – August 3, 2012 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • if you dont like it Anna no one is forcing you to watch. thats what a remote is for

      Comment by sheree – August 3, 2012 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • no need to be so rude sheree, are people not allowed to have opinions? how do you know anna isn’t a fan of the show but happens to not love every single decision they make? criticism of tv shows you watch is allowed…no need for the snark.

        Comment by kt – August 3, 2012 11:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lol I agree… No one is forcing her to watch it… And I love the show

        Comment by Melissa – August 4, 2012 05:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well it is about fairy tales Anna………and they are all pretty much silly

      Comment by kj rocks – August 4, 2012 07:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Not really, traditional fairy tales might contain elements that . . . some in the modern world might see as being silly or too impossible to take seriously. Such people, however, do not generally know the origins that birthed such tales, the real fears, beliefs and morals that inspired almost every fairy tale character known. They were meant to tell something, a thought, an ideal, a moral, a warning. So many things; they reflected the beliefs of multiple ancient cultures whose stories and myths later blended into newer civilizations that again inspired new tellings of age old concepts. Many fairy tales that we know were redone or borrowed by the Brothers Grimm, who took tales steeped in ancient myth and put a new spin on them. This is done over and over again, with many who create their own fairy tales based up creatures and characters that are so ancient and complex that I doubt some of the newer authors themselves know the history behind the concepts that inspired their writing. So, I would kindly ask that you show some respect for what you so lightly dismiss as ‘silly fairy tales’.

        Now, as to Anna’s comment, what someone who watches the show has to like every single facet of it? They have to approve of every casting choice, every story told in every episode? Come now, let us be realistic. I enjoy Once Upon A Time for what it is, I surely do, but I, too, dislike some of the casting choices. Is my dislike so great that it completely ruins the show for me? No, thus far it is nothing to warrant my abandonment. Nor should it warrant Anna’s, if she still gets enjoyment from watching. Besides, fantasy shows amidst the endless drone of more reality based programs: detective, lawyer, investigators and whatever else – I really cannot keep track of them – is a welcome and refreshing change of pace. I can see why someone who may be unhappy by certain elements of the show would continue to watch regardless. That does not mean it’s wrong to express an opinion, though I do feel it’s rude to so callously brush them off by saying “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it”. It’s unnecessary, even arrogant. It borders on the mentality that expressing any sort of displeasure, even for things that reply and thrive on user/viewer approval – and would founder if it lost too many viewers, I might add, so perhaps some should not be so quick to discourage those with minor qualms if they like the show and wish for it to continue – is unacceptable. Oh, the things so many seem to have forgotten.

        Anyway, in this I agree with Anna. I question this choice in casting for the character of Captain Hook. However, given that I have never seen this man perform I shall withhold judgement until I can see just what direction the folks behind Once Upon A Time mean to take the character in.

        Comment by A'Len – September 28, 2012 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Oh yes, I do feel it necessary to make one little addendum. I do not question the casting choice for the character of Hook necessarily for the actor’s more youthful appearance (though I know that, for so many, Dustin Hoffman’s Hook is the definitive rendition). I never saw Hook as an old man and indeed prefer the Hook as portrayed by Jason Isaacs. His Captain Hook, I feel, was so much truer to the original book.

          Jason Isaacs will always be Captain Hook to me and his portrayal is, in my humble opinion, what they call a ‘tough act to follow’. That is why I question the choice in Once Upon A Time’s casting choice. If this actor, this Colin O’Donoghue, can pull it off even half as well as Isaacs, I shall be pleased.

          Comment by A'Len – September 28, 2012 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why do you think that?????????

      Comment by C – August 20, 2012 06:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • please let me know why you think that?????

      Comment by C – August 20, 2012 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked him in the Rite and Tudors. Just because he’s not like what is expected for Captain Hook, I am very interested to see what kind of job he does.

    Comment by Rose – August 3, 2012 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as we get his native Irish accent, I’m happy!

    Comment by Michelle – August 3, 2012 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Anyone know why they didn’t let him keep such a gorgeous accent?? Scandal.

      Comment by Rowena – November 5, 2012 05:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s waaaaay too young for that role. I mean, I can take him as Peter Pan…but not freaking HOOK!

    Comment by Mia – August 3, 2012 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Shouldn’t Peter Pan be a kid? Like Henry’s age? I agree he looks a little young, but OUAT tends to skew that way with their casting.
      But I like the idea of Henry and Peter being friends…could be why they’re bringing Hook on in the first place.

      Comment by Dawn – August 3, 2012 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Love that I idea Dawn.. Henry and Peter being friends…. If you have hook then there’s gotta be a Peter right!?

        Comment by Melissa – August 4, 2012 05:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s a good actor … will wait & see his take on Hook before deciding.

    Comment by JAO – August 3, 2012 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bad pic of him..

    I’m excited to see more villains!

    Comment by Josh – August 3, 2012 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is it September 30th yet?

    Comment by nick1372 – August 3, 2012 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thank you Thank you!!! I was trying to figure out when it was coming back and I am computer stupid and well I saw your post and you just made my night. Love this show1!!

      Comment by Marie Pflueger – August 3, 2012 06:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You’re welcome. I love this show too. It’s my favorite drama on TV right now.

        Comment by nick1372 – August 5, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes thank you I didn’t know when it was coming back on… You rock . setting a reminder on my phone so I don’t forget thank Nick1372

      Comment by Melissa – August 4, 2012 05:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You’re welcome

        Comment by nick1372 – August 5, 2012 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AWWWWWWWWW why is it taking so long to come back it feels like forever since we saw the last episode of the first season…… I miss it…Fairytales ROCK…lol

      Comment by C – August 20, 2012 06:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yah, he’s not you’d expect for Captain Hook, but this show is at its best when it gives us fairy tale characters like we don’t expect them to be. I’m excited!

    Comment by Gilda – August 3, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t need to write a separate comment now, Gilda, because you just said what I would have too.

      Comment by Wendy – August 3, 2012 09:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He was a love interest for Sarah Bolger’s character on The Tudors. I seem to remember that they had a pretty good chemistry. She’s going to be Sleeping Beauty. I wonder if they’ll work together again?

    Comment by Meghan – August 3, 2012 12:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d love that to happen!! I was so sad when he had to leave her!

      Comment by armando.l – August 3, 2012 04:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed, Armando. Let’s hope some of the people associated with the show read these….if they haven’t thought of it already ; )

        Comment by Mary – October 21, 2012 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OMG, Meghan, I’ve been wondering the same thing! Wouldn’t that be great to get them together in this story as they weren’t able to be in “The Tudors?” I was pretty sure that Hook was being played by the same actor that played Philip of Bavaria when I saw some of the OUAT trailers, but wasn’t positive until the episode aired this evening….I hope they do this, it would be great…

      Comment by Mary – October 21, 2012 10:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t like this. Wanted someone older and not so cute playing Hook.

    Comment by Gus – August 3, 2012 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not going to be a Debbie Downer like some people, and instead say that I like this decision. He looks like real-life version of Captain Hook and underneath the mustache/clothes, he may look older. Who says Captain Hook is supposed to be an old man anyway? I never thought the Disney Captain Hook seemed that old.

    Comment by Addie – August 3, 2012 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, he does look like a real life version! To me, the Disney Captain Hook was old. I guess I thought that because of the contrast with Peter Pan and Peter’s rebellion as a youth? Anyways, I’m looking forward to this. I loved the twists that H & K put on tales in Season 1. Bring on Season 2!

      Comment by Sarah Elizabeth Ann (@myownlittlecrnr) – August 3, 2012 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I never get why people always assume Hook was supposed to be old.The Disney version didn’t seem past 35 at the most,and Jason Isaacs was 38 when he played Hook.

      Comment by Shannon – September 7, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looks like a poor man’s Matt Bomer. Not impressed. Tell TPTB to hire Sendhil Ramamurthy [Covert Affairs]to play Aladdin.

    Comment by Templar – August 3, 2012 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Strange, this wasn’t the Caption Hook from the Season 2 preview video released a while back. Upping the brightness on that shows an older actor as Hook.

    Comment by cuuri – August 3, 2012 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s amazing that you could tell considering Hook’s face wasn’t shown at all in the preview video. Most speculated that it was a crew member/someone else involved in the show because he hadn’t been cast yet

      Comment by Addie – August 3, 2012 04:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It is shown near the end of the video, in the dark on the right. If you watch it closely you’ll be able to see it without even increasing the brightness. My guess is they didn’t have anyone cast for the role when that video was made, so they used a standin.

        Comment by cuuri – August 3, 2012 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He seems to have expressive eyebrows… I approve.

    Comment by Samm – August 3, 2012 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You people forget OUaT has never played within the rules, the genie and the mirror were the same person for pete’s sake! He might me a younger version of Hook, imprisoned by the curse when he was still in his thirties of something like that. Besides, just because the actor is young doesn’t it mean Hook will be.

    Comment by Lucy – August 3, 2012 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • lol not disagreeing with you on the show not “playing within the rules,” but the genie and the mirror were the same person…because she trapped the genie in the mirror. it literally was the same person, b/c it was the same character.

      Comment by kt – August 3, 2012 11:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think the point is that the show combined 2 different fairy tale characters to make 1 character on the show: the genie from Aladdin and the mirror from Snow White. Just like they combined the Beast from Beauty & The Beast with Rumpelstiltskin.

        Comment by Mikael – August 6, 2012 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Never heard of this guy, but I’m excited. Bring on season two!

    Comment by Lisa – August 3, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s not that cute and Captain Hook wasn’t that old! Come on people give him a chance!

    Comment by Tasia – August 3, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • are they gonna bring on Peter Pan and the lost boys too????? oh and tinkerbell????

    Comment by Sarah – August 3, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • …..pausing a moment to read all the other comments first… some yes, some no…. that’s normal. For my part, I’m relieved he’s a little handsome. This will be fun to watch. :)

    Comment by Elisabeth – August 3, 2012 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have always thought Captain Hook a little on the handsome side, even the animated version. I am disappointed that they were unable to persuade Dustin Hoffman to play the role, however; he will forever be Hook to me.

      Comment by Karen – August 3, 2012 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • it’s called Hollywood magic. He’s going to have a different look and take on a different character. You can’t judge his performance or his role till you actually see him in it.

    Comment by Renn – August 3, 2012 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with you Renn for me I am not going to say yay or nay untill I see him perform… I am excited that hook will be in 2nd season…. Super happy new character… Hope they bring Peter the lost boys and tink in on it too now cool will that be

      Comment by Melissa – August 4, 2012 05:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think he’d make a great hook. Doesn’t matter if he’s young. Or not he has a great look for what is described of his character above

    Comment by Illyssa – August 3, 2012 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Come on, you all. Yes, he looks young, but do you know what can be done with makeup?! Can’t wait for season 2!

    Comment by Shea – August 3, 2012 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To judge the man by his age is narrow minded. I like the way this is turning out. The evil queen is young looking..why the heck can’t capt hook be. I think if they would’ve made him much older we wouldn’t feel a great connection with his character. And if he is going to be a gentlemen then id rather see a younger man hitting on the ladies of Storybrook. I think its a good idea they are decently close in age to all the main characters.

    Comment by Megan – August 3, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lol people are complaining he’s too young to play Hook…well what about Red Ridinghood? The actress is a woman instead of a little girl

    Comment by Shara – August 3, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And Beast is actually Rummplstiltskin? I love the way OUAT breaks the rules!

      Comment by L. – August 4, 2012 03:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe he is younger because we are getting the back story on why James went rogue and became a pirate. OUaT never colors inside the lines – the show explains how the mythic characters of fairy tales evolved from being “real” to the stories we “know.” Have we already forgotten the 8th dwarf. Stealthy never existed in the stories we know but OUaT put him in. Give Hook a chance.

    Comment by erin maynard – August 3, 2012 05:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s right, Hook’s first name is James! Can’t remember where I learned that (I have yet to read the Peter Pan books) but I do know it.

      And the back story was my thought too after thinking about it. I mean, did he grow up in Neverland and stop at a certain point like everyone else (my logical thinking at work for this one) or was he brought to Neverland by Tink before, as you suggested, going rogue? For the latter, I imagine it was just like in the movie “Hook” when Tink brought Peter to Neverland :)

      Comment by Sarah Elizabeth Ann (@myownlittlecrnr) – August 3, 2012 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He looks just like Hook to me! Great casting. I’ll be cheering when he pops an eyebrow the first time.

    Comment by Temperence – August 3, 2012 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have been nothing but impressed with the casting in this show, he has the smirk and eyebrow raise…. If they think he will make a great Hook, I’m all in.

    Comment by Courtney – August 3, 2012 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think he will make a great Hook as been said OUaT dose not follow the rules. I can’t wait till season 2.

    Comment by John – August 3, 2012 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not the right age? What? Snow White and her daughter Emma are practically the SAME age on the show. Imagine him with a fuller beard. Oh Yeah.

    Comment by beentheredonethatmom – August 3, 2012 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll wait to see him in action before I judge. The Guy is 31 which really isn’t that young. When I think young I think he’s in his early 20′s. However Hook is old but I’m sure they will put a beard on him and makeup can make him look older than he is in that picture just give him a chance people.

    Comment by OnceFan316 – August 3, 2012 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep in mind that Captain Hook was old through what the children believed. Ask a 5 year old; 30 is almost dead to them. Hook may very well be young to Gold and old to Henry.

    Comment by La Cousteau – August 3, 2012 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Funny, I never thought of Hook as being that old…. Sounds like a lot of folks imagine him as having one foot in the grave! Just goes to show how strongly we cling to our own versions of classic fairy tale characters…
    I, for one, was praying that they wouldn’t cast someone too old in this role. In the original book Wendy herself described Hook as being attractive. So I am very pleased with this casting choice!

    Comment by Megan – August 3, 2012 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Actors should not be chosen entirely for age or appearance. It /should/ all be about the capability of the actor (though let’s face it, that rarely happens). If they decided he is Hook material then it’s very likely he is. Also, you forget they have makeup artists; If they want to make Hook age then they’ll easily do it… although, I don’t see why they should. No where in stone does it say Hook needs to be middle aged.

    Comment by H – August 4, 2012 02:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok first of all why are you all complaining about hook for.. Oup is a good series and it’s not like the stories are straight from the book they made the series with twist and turns it gives us a great show to watch and I will trust in there good judgement because they have given us again a wonderful story line… Who know hook may hook up with the Evil Queen or Mary margret lol… Im so ready to see what happens…

    Comment by Melissa – August 4, 2012 06:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He sure looks the part- he’s got the face for it.

    Comment by Ryan – August 4, 2012 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He could be good just give him a chance before judging him…

    Comment by Ashley Wilson – August 4, 2012 07:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess I’ll have to wait and see how it all works out. Initial impression I’m not excited about the casting and still worried about them adding on too many characters but they did so well/perfect with season one. I’ll just see how it plays out.

    Comment by Kelly – August 5, 2012 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh..cool. Lets wish him the best. Lets see how he does! :D once upon a time hasn’t disappointed me yet! ;)

    Comment by Adri – August 7, 2012 07:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • he doesnt have to look a certain way to play a PART folks. That’s what make-up is for! I am more interested in how well he acts in said role! I love this show! Can’t wait for the premiere!!!

    Comment by mcgee1990 – August 10, 2012 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well maybe just maybe that’s the whole point! I mean what if due to the curse Captain Hook OS the young now and Peter Pan is the old one, I mean the happiness of Peter was to be forever young right?!
    Love this show cantidad esotéricas dir desdoblamiento 2!

    Comment by la lughi – August 16, 2012 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well maybe just maybe that’s the whole point! I mean what if due to the curse Captain Hook is the young now and Peter Pan is the old one, I mean the happiness of Peter was to be forever young right?!
    Love this show can’t wait for season 2!

    Comment by la lughi – August 16, 2012 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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