Today I spent the better part of my afternoon looking up an actor by the name of Stephen Amell. Prior to this afternoon, I hadn’t heard of this guy and now I can’t stop thinking about him. Not in a silly girl crush kind of way, but I’m trying to envision him in a particular role he’s just been given… a particularly BIG role, if I do say so myself.
Because I’m Canadian and because I come from the wonderful city of Toronto, Amell already gets major brownie points with me because he too, hails from my beloved city. But what is he getting brownie points for? Right now he’s proving to me that he’s the right man to play Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow. That’s right… if you haven’t already heard the news, Stephen Amell has been cast in the title role for the upcoming CW series ARROW.
The Warner Brothers produced TV series is described as “a modern retelling of the story of DC Comics character Green Arrow, he will play the vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, martial arts and technology under his secret identity as Oliver Queen, a wealthy playboy and billionaire industrialist-turned-outspoken politician in Star City.”
David Nutter, who has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, Entourage, HBO’s mini-series The Pacific, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Sopranos, Supernatural, The X-Files, Roswell and many, many other shows will be helming the Pilot episode. Joining Nutter is writer/executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim.
I gotta say, I’m pretty damn impressed with their choice for Oliver Queen. I was expecting to have a lot of groaning to do when the title character was cast, but I can honestly say that Amell well exceeds my expectations and I daresay, is a near perfect casting choice. I’ve seen many of the shows that he’s had roles in, but his face is still unfamiliar to me, so as far as the acting portion, we’ll have to wait and see, but aesthetically speaking? I’m damn pleased.
What say you? Good choice? Bad choice? If you think Amell is a bad choice, who would you have cast in the role instead? Let us know in the comments below or send us a tweet @talkingcomics.