Sad news, Thor fans: Not everybody from the cast can return for the much-anticipated sequel. EW has learned exclusively that Josh Dallas won’t be reprising his role as Fandral because of his commitment to ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which earned a second season pickup for fall.
“I’ll be missing out on wearing all that hair,” Dallas told EW, laughing. “The timing wasn’t right. I’m bummed about it because I had such a great experience and great time making the first film and was really excited about coming back. Marvel and Disney tried to make it work. But because of my commitment to Once Upon a Time, I was not going to be able to do both. So I’ll have to hand the reins over to someone else. I love Marvel. I wish them all the best. I will certainly be first in line to see it.
“On the other hand, I’m going back to the best job on TV,” Dallas added. “I love it and can’t wait to delve in more.”
Production on the ABC drama that also stars Ginnifer Goodwin is expected to begin next month in Vancouver. The first season ended with a “massive” cliffhanger, Dallas said, which “completely changed the whole concept of the show.”
“The curse was lifted, so we remember who we are — or at least some of us do,” he explained. “The whole chemistry of the show is changing now.”