Godfather of Punk Rock Iggy Pop Cast in ‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’

When the hookah-smoking mushroom-perched Caterpillar from Wonderland was featured in an episode of the ABC fairytale drama ‘Once Upon a Time’ during the show’s first season, legendary rock god Roger Daltrey (from the band The Who) provided the voice. And now that the world of Wonderland will be revisited in the spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, it was assumed that Daltrey would be back as that mystical character.

Not so says the folks over at Entertainment Weekly, who announced that none other than Iggy Pop himself (nee James Newell Osterberg, Jr.) – the godfather of punk rock – will be taking over the voice of the Caterpillar. It would seem that Daltrey isn’t available for the ‘Wonderland’ series and the part had to be recast.

A trip down the rabbit hole – the only way to get to Wonderland as readers of the classic tale know all too well – won’t be too far a trip for Pop, given his penchant for the odd and bizarre. Pop is considered an innovator of punk rock, being the vocalist of the influential protopunk band The Stooges and being known for his unpredictable and most-times outrageous antics on stage.

Pop is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor who has appeared in the box office films ‘Tank Girl’, ‘Cry-Baby’ and ‘The Crow: City of Angels’ as well as small roles in ‘The Color of Money’ and ‘Sid and Nancy’. He provided his voice to an episode of ‘American Dad’ and ‘The Rugrats Movie’ as well as being featured in over 140 soundtracks for film and TV.

‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland’ will debut on ABC on Thursday, October 10 at 8/7c.