As reported earlier this month by TVLine, ABC’s Once Upon a Time will be introducing the Peter Pan character of Tiger Lily — and Native American actress Sara Tomko has landed the role.
In fairy tale lore, Tiger Lily is the princess of the Native American tribe living on the island of Neverland. In assorted incarnations, she has crushed on Peter Pan and been tormented by Captain Hook — the latter of whom will figure into her Once existence.
Because of his nefarious past, Captain Hook (played by Colin O’Donoghue) has “left a long line of adversaries,” Once cocreators Eddy Kitis and Adam Horowitz tell EW.com, which broke the casting. “Tiger Lily is the latest to return and complicate his efforts to leave that past behind,” thus impeding the pirate’s redemption arc.
Tomko’s previous TV credits include HBO’s The Leftovers, NBC’s Heartbeat and AMC’s upcoming The Son.
Once Upon a Time resumes Season 6 on Sunday, March 5, with Episode 11; Tomko will appear in Episodes 17 and 18.