Paul Blackthorne, best known as Quentin Lance on CW’s “Arrow,” has confirmed on Twitter that he has a role in “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” Electronic Arts' upcoming first-person shooter set in the “Star Wars” universe. Blackthorne revealed little more than his character’s name and affiliation: Gideon Hask of the Inferno Squadron. Only time will tell the character's motivations and allegiances.
“Battlefront II” is the follow-up to 2015's “Star Wars: Battlefront,” also published by EA. The first game was a multiplayer first-person shooter that pitted players against each other in locations from the “Star Wars” universe. Players could pilot vehicles from the series’ expansive line of starships and all-terrain vehicles, and even adopt the likeness and powers of iconic characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
“Battlefront II” looks to add a single-player campaign to the mix when the game releases later this year. Details on the story are sparse so far, but a trailer released earlier this week establishes the overall plot. “Battlefront II” puts players in the shoes of Iden Versio (Janina Gavankar), the leader of the Empire’s Inferno Squad. Versio's Inferno Squad is an elite team of Stormtroopers that are on the surface of the planet Endor when the Death Star is destroyed at the conclusion of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” Stranded and without orders, Versio embarks on a quest for vengeance that spans 30 years.
The game has been confirmed to include all three eras of the “Star Wars” franchise: the original trilogy, prequel trilogy and sequel trilogy. Tanks and creatures like tauntauns will make an appearance, and playable hero characters will include Darth Maul, Yoda, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.
Paul Blackthorne has played Quentin Lance on “Arrow” since the show’s debut in 2012. Blackthorne’s Quentin Lance is an adaptation of Larry Lance from DC Comics. Larry Lance debuted in “Flash Comics” #92 in 1948 and was created Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino. In the television series, Blackthorne’s Quentin Lance has at times served as an officer of the law and deputy mayor of Star City. He was first connected to “Star Wars: Battlefront II” during last week’s Star Wars Celebration, when the actor was spotted briefly in a behind-the-scenes shot during a presentation for the game.
Debuting on November 17, “Star Wars: Battlefront II” is a production of EA developed by EA DICE that will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.