SOURCE: Casting Breakdown For The Green Arrow Show Reveals Black Canary And More Will Appear
Apart from Ollie, none of this cast seems to have any relation to anything from the comics.
Here's the full character list, based on the pilot script, being floated around casting agencies at the moment...
What They’re Looking For: 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
What They’re Looking For: 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.
What They’re Looking For: 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.
What They’re Looking For: 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.
What They’re Looking For: 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.
What They’re Looking For: 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.
This seems to combine all the worst elements of the Winick, Kreisberg and Krul books of the last ten years, mixed it with Gossip Girl and hit the Frappe button!
* "Laurel" sounds like she'll be the standard love interest/damsel in distress who loves the hero but hates the secret identity. I see no Black Canary here.
* Tommy Merlyn just sounds lame... particularly if he's supposed to be Ollie's spoiled best friend who - based on the name - goes on to be his greatest rival, despite NOT having five years of survival training to match him.
* Ollie's mom being an evil gold-digger ala The Queen from Krul's brief run during Brightest Day is just wrong on SO many levels.
* Do I even need to begin to list everything that is wrong with giving Ollie a younger sister who is basically Paris Hilton?
I've said it before. I will say it again. I suspect I will say this several more times.
*deep breath* DAMN YOU, KREISBERG!