Near the beginning of January, The CW announced its plan to develop a Green Arrow series called "Arrow;" which reportedly reinvents the title character outside of his previous appearances on "Smallville." Less than a month later, The CW may have just found its next Oliver Queen.
Deadline is reporting that Stephen Amell has been cast as Green Arrow (aka Oliver Queen) in "Arrow." The recently leaked casting call for the role described Oliver Queen as "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."
Prior to landing his latest role, Amell had a recurring part on HBO's "Hung," as well as turns on "The Vampire Diaries," "90210" and "Private Practice." Amell was also one of the finalists for the role of Spartacus in the STARZ TV series "Spartacus: Vengeance," following the departure of the late Andy Whitfield.
"Arrow" is being written and produced by "Green Lantern" scribes Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, as well as Andrew Kreisberg. David Nutter has recently agreed to direct the "Arrow" pilot, just as he did for "Smallville" over ten years ago.
The previously mentioned casting breakdowns for "Arrow" revealed that Green Arrow's long time partner/lover, Dinah Lance (aka Black Canary) will be in the series under the name "Laurel," while Green Arrow's adversary and fellow archer Merlyn will also be reenvisioned as a former friend of Oliver's before his disappearance in the shipwreck.
However, "Green Arrow" fans are more nervous about Thea Queen, Oliver's new sister who was created exclusively for this series. Described as "Lolita-esque," Thea seems designed more for a show like "Gossip Girl" than a DC superhero series. But perhaps her inclusion helped sell The CW on a Green Arrow TV series.
Other casting announcements are expected to come soon. If "Arrow" is ordered to series, it would likely launch in Fall 2012.