(Disney l Getty)Out with the cold, in with the new. While the first half of Once Upon a Time's fourth season has been dominated by Frozen fever, the show will heat things up in its second half with three of Disney's most iconic villains. While it's unclear if the trio will be working together toward a common goal (because there's no way that plan could go wrong), each villain is expected to play a major role in upsetting life — as always — for our fairy tale heroes. Below, check out the new villains and the actresses who will be bringing them to life!
Merrin Dungey will play Ursula
Alias fans, we don't need to explain how awesome Dungey will be as Ursula, right? For the uninitiated, allow us to explain: Dungey played Syndey Bristow's best friend turned PSYCHO killer on the spy show, and she rocked the gig. She effortlessly blended sugary sweetness with deadly intent — and some kick-ass fight moves. With Dungey slipping into Ursula's tentacles (taking over the gig from Yvette Nicole Brown, who voiced the character in Season 3), we seriously feel bad for the poor unfortunate souls in Storybrooke.
Known enemies on Once Upon a Time: The Evil Queen
Kristin Bauer van Straten will reprise her role as Maleficent
Bauer's Maleficent has popped up on four episodes of Once Upon a Time (and one episode of the ill-fated Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), but the show has barely scratched the surface of her story and potential. Now that Bauer's wrapped up her excellent run as vampire Pam on True Blood, she basically is free to hang out in the Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke for as long as it takes Emma and co. to save the day, which suits us just fine.
Known enemies on Once Upon a Time: Aurora, Prince Charming, Prince Phillip, etc.
Victoria Smurfit will play Cruella de Vil
This vampire bat! This inhuman beast! It looks like Smurfit's confirmed to be playing Cruella de Vil, as everyone kind of guessed already. While it's unlikely the devilish fashionista has an Enchanted Forest counterpart, lovable dalmatian Pongo has been popping around Storybrooke since the show's pilot episode. (By the way, now would be a good time for Pongo to get out of town.)
Known enemies on Once Upon a Time: Unknown (but probably anyone with a pulse)
Which evil lady are you looking forward to seeing most? Let us know in the comments!