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Arrow Snares Colin Donnell

New York stage actor Colin Donnell will round out the cast of Arrow, playing Tommy Merlyn in The CW pilot based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, Deadline reports.

He joins Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson and Willa Holland in the “very provocative and sophisticated and edgy” superhero drama from Green Lantern screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and Fringe co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.

Hung alum Amell stars as Oliver Queen, a wealthy young bad boy who, after spending five years shipwrecked on an island, returns to Star City with a mastery of the bow and a determination to make a difference.

Donnell, who made his TV series debut on ABC’s Pan Am, will play Oliver’s best friend, described in a leaked character breakdown as “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.”

The character is a nod to the DC Comics villain Merlyn, an archer introduced in the early 1970s as a rival to Green Arrow. It’s probably a safe bet we’ll eventually see Tommy pick up the bow to oppose his best friend, should The CW move ahead with Arrow.


  • Anonymous

    TV Exec: So, who are GA’s villains anyway?

    Producer: There’s another archer named Merlyn.

    TV Exec: Merlyn, seriously? Can’t we give him a fresh new name?

    Producer: I guess, but…

    TV Exec: Justin, or Tommy, something fresh.

  • kal el

    um  whaddabout ROY freaking HARPER?????

    cant these hollywood execs  pay homage & respect  to the source material  AND do somthing creative??

    Did they learn nothing from WONDER WOMAN?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Merlyn is the Lex Luthor to GA’s Clark Kent in Smallville. Considering Roy Harper has always been mentee/partner (don’t call him a sidekick bc he doesn’t like that) the homage would be inaccurate.