As the CW is moving ahead with the Arrow, a television series based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow series.  The show has no connection to Smallville’s Green Arrow, so what can we expect to see?  TV Addict has found the casting breakdown that not only features shipwrecked Ollie Queen, but some other familiar characters as well.

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.

There is a lot that can happen between the completion of the pilot and the go-ahead for a series, so the bits and pieces revealed above don’t sound too drastic from what television fans would know of the character.

via TV Addict

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  1. that dude
    January 26, 2012 at 9:52 am — Reply

    ya know if they kept it like this I’d be more inclined to watch.

    Even if it does get a bit too CW drama heavy.

  2. Jimmy
    January 26, 2012 at 10:51 am — Reply

    Given the fact that they’re including an origin story so similar to that done by Diggle and Jock, and they have a character whose last name is Diggle seems to bode well for honoring the comics, even if some of the characters are changed considerably.

    I am looking forward to this a lot now

  3. Brannigan's Law
    January 26, 2012 at 10:53 am — Reply

    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.

    Think she’ll poop on a cop car in the first episode?

    • Frank
      January 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm — Reply

      It didn’t take Hollywood very long to try to make money off of the OWS movement.

      • Dante Marx
        January 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm — Reply

        Yeah. Can’t say I am thrilled to have such topical material in my comic book TV. Then again, it fits green arrow fairly well. I just worry about how much of a departure this will be. For every Smallville, there is a Birds of Prey.
        As an aside, was Black Canary a lawyer?

      • ~wyntermute~
        January 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm — Reply

        … Oh. Right. See, I didn’t even understand what the “against the 1%” even meant at first. I was trying to figure out what word was missing from the phrase, or… something. So I guess I’m sort of immune to the Occupiers.

  4. TaZ
    January 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm — Reply

    Bleah. I’m already tired of the “rich are evil” trend that runs through DC now. Throwing the “1%” reference in there lost me. If they had stuck with “corrupt people in power” and had Dinah Lance be something other than a crusading lawyer (ala Bruce Wayne’s love in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight). I’d have preferred they leave the character as it was in “Smallville” and had some cameos by the Smalllville “not” JLA and som of the JSA characters. It will probably make it further than the TV Wonder Woman but it’s all too much “done that, been there” as far as the proposed angle.

    I ain’t no “Nostradumb-ass” and it may be good but I think the old fans of Smallville will crap on it.

  5. Phil Mikok
    January 27, 2012 at 8:58 am — Reply

    ’17 years old (suggest 17-22 years), Oliver’s Lolita-esque sister” really??? Are they wanting to pull in the pedos with that description? Why do Green Arrow that isn’t a spin off of Smallville, why not just do a new character?

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