"Arrow" season four is mere weeks away from wrapping for the summer, and the series is already looking to cast new actors for season five, including a charming-yet-dangerous new character named James.
Currently the only confirmed season five series regulars are Stephen Amell and Curtis Holt, Holt was announced to be a series five regular earlier this year. While there's no way to know who will survive the season, it's easy to assume that David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, and Paul Blackthorne will all be back to reprise their roles as Diggle, Felicity, Thea, and Captain Lance, respectively.
According to TVLine, James is a "man on a mission" who comes to Star City looking to avenge someone he lost to a violent crime in the past. The casting announcement describes him as follows:
The casting call seeks an actor of any ethnicity, in his late-20s to 30s and who comes across as a physical threat. The character is said to "just as easily shake your hand as your best friend or break your neck as your worst enemy - and you never know which one is coming. Either way, he's more than capable of having a good time as he does it."
He sounds like a Bruce Wayne-type of character. Charming, wealthy, possessive, but dangerous if any of his lines are crossed. There is one significant character in the "Green Arrow" comics named James: James Harper, Roy Harper's uncle and future superhero named Guardian. James could be related to Roy in some way, which would be a great reason to bring Colton Haynes back onto the show, if that's the direction the show is going with the character.
James is also apparently a charming contemporary of Oliver's. Could he be a friend from Oliver's partying days who lost someone in the Undertaking? Could he have a connection to the potential Russian flashbacks presumed to be in season five? Stay tuned for more updates on "Arrow's" casting for season 5.