The CW’s ‘Arrow’ Gets Stephen Amell as the Green Arrow

The young actor will play billionaire/masked vigilante Oliver Queen in this new pilot from the CW Network.

Stephen Amell lands the title role in Arrow
Stephen Amell lands the title role in Arrow
Actor Stephen Amell has been cast in The CW's upcoming Green Arrow pilot, simply titled Arrow. We first reported on this project a few weeks ago, when the network ordered the pilot along with The Carrie Diaries and Beauty and the Beast.

The project is said to be a modern-day retelling of the DC Comics superhero, The Green Arrow, aka Oliver McQueen (Stephen Amell), a billionaire playboy who dons a mask and fights crime at night with his bow and arrow, along with an assortment of other high-tech devices.

Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, and Greg Berlanti wrote the pilot script and will executive produce. David Nutter will direct the pilot episode.

CW fans may recognize Stephen Amell from arcs on the network's hit shows The Vampire Diaries and 90210. He was also one of the finalists to replace Andy Whitfield in Spartacus: Vengeance, before Liam McIntyre landed the role.

No production schedule was given for the Arrow pilot. But The TV Addict did have this casting breakdown that describes the characters on the show.

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."

Sources: Deadline

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Comments (19)

  1. Corey W.

    @daveactor7 CW never cancels anything :P Especially with a show like this, it'll last.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  2. Salemwolf711


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  3. RyanMoran

    i can see him as the green arrow

    3 years agoby @RyanMoranMitaFlag

  4. Mka47


    3 years agoby @mka47Flag

  5. Brainiac

    So TheCW the same network that had Smallville, that had Green Arrow on it, that also had a very devoted fan base that wanted a Green Arrow spin-off show is now getting this....

    From reading the character descriptions this sounds like it will be One Tree Hill with a superhero twist. A lot of rich white kids with love issues.

    3 years agoby @thebdFlag


    He really hasn't been in much, but I'll give him a chance

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  7. SherlockHolmes2009

    I have never heard of this guy. He better do good

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  8. Superman81

    @daveactor7 I totally agree. This will be axed before the end of the first season. Green Arrow was only relevant because of Smallville. No one is lining up to see the Green Arrow all by himself.

    3 years agoby @superman81Flag

  9. Jeronimo Mico

    I think they get the right person to potray for Green Arrow (he just grew some stash) Me, much better they get a no name person than a big shot hollywood actor, but far fetch.

    3 years agoby @Jeronimo-MicoFlag

  10. Daveactor7

    CW is gonna cut it down in a month or two weeks

    3 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  11. bipolarmassive

    I think the whole point going with actor Stephen Amell instead of the Smallville guy, was just that, CW wants to move on and forget Smallville!

    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  12. Gandoff

    Was looking forward to this until this release. Why not go with the guy who played Green Arrow on Smallville? OMG, what is the big biased against those on that show from caring on their roles in other forms? Henry Cavill will do a great job, after what I seen in from Immortals. But what about the rest doing something on the small screen?

    3 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  13. CelluloidDreams

    Who the hell is Stephen Amell!?!?.

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  14. CUPID

    Good luck dude.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  15. ejk1

    This is actually a pretty good get. Remember, Tom Welling was a nobody before becoming Clark Kent, so CW is trying to strike gold one more time. I love that Dinah Lance, aka Black Canary, is in from the get-go. I like this so far, but I had high hopes for Birds Of Prey as well, and that came DOA, so I'm keeping at an even keel for this one.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  16. ROFLitschristian

    @timmy Oh wait now I remember. He's... that guy, from that one thing, with that scene?

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I know who this is, but I don't think he fits it

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Timmy

    you know @ROFLitschristian, that one guy.

    3 years agoby @timmyFlag

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