The upcoming season of The CW’s action-drama Arrow, will feature the talents of not 1, not 2, but 3 new black actors.
We already alerted you to the castings of Michael Jai White as a character named Bronze Tiger, aka Ben Turner, a claw-wielding assassin, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson who was recently cast to play Amanda Waller.
Now we can add Jimmy Jean-Louis, who informs me that he’s currently in Vancouver shooting what will be a multi-episode arc for a character he’s signed up to play, who goes by “The Captain.” Jimmy says that the character is somewhat morally ambiguous, and will first appear on Arrow, in an episode at the end of October.
Monsieur Jean-Louis is certainly no stranger to superhero-themed TV series, as you might recall the Haitian actor (who won the 2013 Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Award in the Best Actor in a supporting role Diaspora Film category) played a character known primarily as The Haitian. on NBC’s Heroes, a few years ago.
Up next for the star of Philippe Niang’s 3-hour epic drama, Toussaint L’Ouverture, is award-winning director Jerry LaMothe’s Brooklyn/Haiti-set drama The Promise Keeper, amongst a few other projects.
I should note that David Ramsey (also a black actor) has been a member of the Arrow cast since its first season, playing a character named Diggle, a former military turned tough-as-nails bodyguard hired to keep an eye on Arrow, by his mother.