Character Info Revealed For CW’s “Arrow”

We only learned last week that the CW had green-lit the new Green Arrow series, calling for a pilot episode. But fans of the comics had many questions and worries regarding the new project. At least thanks to The TV Addict, our casting questions are somewhat answered.

“Arrow” from the CW will be their series based on the DC Comics’ “The Green Arrow.” The pilot features reg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg writing and executive producing.

The casting breakdown offers small glimpses into what fans can expect from the small screen adaptation. The breakdown confirms the shipwreck origins of Oliver Queen and also includes Dinah Lance, who fans remember as Black Canary. There is no word, however, whether the superhero alter ego will appear on the new series, or if Dinah will appear alone.

Here is the official casting break down for the series:

Oliver Queen
A 27 year old reformed bad boy, who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a tiny, brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea returns to town a different man. Or to be more specific, a tortured, thoughtful master of the bow with a ferocious determination to make a difference.

Dinah “Laurel” Lance
28 years old, smart sexy, Laurel is a legal aid attorney determined to use her life as a one-woman war against the 1% following the death of her younger sister Sara. A sister, who as luck would have it, just so happened to have died aboard Oliver’s yacht.

Tommy Merlyn
28 years old and devil-smooth, Tommy is a trustafarian like Oliver, a spectacularly rich young man whose life revolves around parties, clubs, liquor and lots of anonymous sex. Unlike Oliver, he can’t seem to understand his former best friend’s sudden change of lifestyle and direction.

Moira Queen
48 years old, a beautiful woman, Oliver’s mother Moira is a very wealthy woman who is not used to being shaken. Having remarried during the five years that former husband Robert and Oliver were both presumed dead, Moira has had free rein over the Queen billions. Not surprisingly, she’s deeply interested in learning whether or not Robert will also return unexpectedly, to ruin her present marriage and go over the books with a fine-tooth comb.

John Diggle
35 years old, African-American, Diggle is really, really big, a former military man who served with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan, and has been a bodyguard for hire for the last four years. Hired by Moira to be Oliver’s chauffeur and protector, Diggle soon finds he is trapped in a battle of wits, as Oliver repeatedly eludes his protection. But in fact, Diggle’s primary conflict is one of loyalty — he has to show that he’s working for Oliver, not Moira, before Oliver will give him a smidgen of trust.

Thea Queen
17 years old (suggest 17-22 years), Oliver’s Lolita-esque sister, Thea was a 12 year old girl when he went on his infamous yachting voyage — but now she’s a celebutante who’s testing the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Thea loved her big brother with all her heart, and is delighted to have him back in her life — but she’s spreading her wings, and is unprepared for Oliver to become the Bad Cop in the family, restricting her access to boys and drugs.

The character of the Green Arrow dates back to 1941. He made his first appearance in “More Fun Comics” #73 in which he is a billionaire who leads a double life. As the titular expert archer. The Green Arrow has been a member of the Justice League and later Mayor of his hometown.

Fans may remember that actor Justin Hartley portrayed the character on “Smallville” the other superhero television series from the CW. He became a regular cast member in the later seasons but he is not sought to play the role in the new series. At this time there is no word on who is going play any of the characters.

Rumors state that actors/actresses who play on various other CW shows will have the chance to snag a role on this show as well.

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