The CW has finally green-lit the pilot for the new Green Arrow television series and we now have more information about what direction the series would take within the superhero’s history. There’s still no word as to whether this version of Green Arrow would bear any resemblance to the superhero the fans have come to know and love from ‘Smallville,’ but the casting breakdown obtained by TV Addict, seems to point to a whole new version of Green Arrow all together.
The project (which is now being called ‘Arrow’) is described as a modern retelling of Green Arrow that puts the superhero “in a new world with an original story that is not based on the comics.” The hour long pilot was written by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. Both also wrote the screenplay for the ‘Green Lantern’ movie and the television show ‘No Ordinary Family.’
Here’s the breakdown of the characters that the producers and director are looking to fill:
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 as 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.
Although the series is not based on the comics, it was nice to read the nods given to them in the descriptions including Dinah Lance (aka Black Canary), Tom Merlyn (will he be groomed to become Merlyn the Archer in the series?) and John Diggle (perhaps a nod to ‘Green Arrow: Year One’ writer).
David Nutter is rumored to be attached to direct the pilot which is good news as he’s directed numerous pilots for many sci-fi shows, many of which became a series on the CW such as ‘Smallville’, ‘Supernatural’, and ‘Roswell.’ If he is indeed directing the pilot, ‘Arrow’ stands a good chance of being picked up to become a series.
So the question now is…Which actor/actress do you think would be great in any of the above roles?