|The Shadow from OUAT|
The (somewhat unexpected) news (ie the "who" being unexpected, not that they gave "him" a voice) did make me think about The Shadows in fairy tales, specifically the malevolent, usually unseen-till-the-last (if at all), larger and over-arching nemesis that isn't named (from War, through to incarnations of The Morrigan) or given a specific personality.
Where I think modern retelling of tales often fall down is they 1) feel the need to make it so big/global/destroy-the-world type stakes that it MUST be faced NOW and 2) as such they must destroy ALL trace of the Big Evil, so that it will NEVER rise again, but this upsets the balance of the world in ways that are rarely dealt with.
Anyway, we shall see (probably at the end of this season) what happens in OUAT's Neverland with this oh-so-powerful Nemesis. Will he be forever destroyed? Or will he simply change form? (As energy does, since energy can't actually be destroyed, only transformed.)
For those who don't mind spoilers, finding out who the voice of The Shadow will be might make you think about shadows in a different way too...
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So here 'tis: The Shadow will be voiced by.. Marilyn Manson.
"We wanted to cast someone with the vocal ability to make our skin crawl."
Yeah. That will work. (See what I mean about contemplating shadows? You're thinking about other "shadow" figures who would make for interesting casting now too, aren't you?) You can check the story HERE.