The CW is staying in the Katie Cassidy business. After significant roles on “Supernatural,” “Melrose Place,” and “Gossip Girl,” Cassidy has now been cast in a lead role in “Arrow,” the network’s Green Arrow pilot.
Cassidy (daughter of David Cassidy) plays Dinah Laurel Lance, a lawyer working with the very unglamorous City Necessary Resources Initiative. She’s got a romantic history with Oliver Queen, Green Arrow’s rich playboy alter ego played by Stephen Amell of “The Vampire Diaries” and “Hung” fame. In fact, according to the pilot, it was Laurel — not the trappings of wealth and luxury — that Queen missed most while he was marooned on an island.
Of course, fans of DC Comics know that Laurel has an intriguing superhero bloodline. According to the lore, Laurel is the daughter of Dinah Drake, the original Black Canary, and is next in line to become the Black Canary herself.
The pilot was written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. It’s set to be directed by David Nutter, who, of course, was behind the “Smallville” pilot… but don’t expect to see a similar show. Despite the DC roots, this universe is considerably darker and more adult than the one we knew in “Smallville.”
After Cassidy won us over in “Supernatural” and “Harper’s Island,” we were left unsatisfied by the writing for her characters in “Melrose Place” and “Gossip Girl.” Here’s hoping that Laurel proves to be the role that actually keeps Cassidy on our screens.
The casting was first reported by TVLine.