After the show’s breakout success on The CW, “Arrow” is expanding its cast with a major new recurring role in Season 2.
Summer Glau of “Firefly” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” fame will play Isabel Rochev beginning in the fall. Rochev is vice president of acquisitions at Stellmoor International, a company that aspires to take over Queen Consolidated. Her character will likely be a villain, and is described as “enigmatically beautiful” but “dangerous.”
“Arrow” also stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne, Colton Haynes and Emily Bett Rickards.
In DC’s “Green Arrow” comic book series (which is currently written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino), Isabel Rochev was born as a slave but worked her way up to become the chief executive of Queen Industries after Robert Queen’s death.
Believing that the company had fallen from grace, her goal was to restore Queen Industries to its former glory, and eliminate Robert’s disgraced son, Oliver Queen, a.k.a. Green Arrow.
Rochev is expected to debut in the Season 2 premiere.
“Arrow” has already included many DC Comics characters, including Deadshot (Michael Rowe), Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Other genre favorites like Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) and Tahmoh Penikett (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Dollhouse”) have also made appearances.
Season 2 of the show began production this week.
Glau is known for playing River Tam in Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” and the feature film follow up “Serenity,” as well as Cameron in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” She has also had recurring roles on Fox’s “Dollhouse,” USA Network’s “The 4400” and Syfy’s “Alphas.”
Given Whedon’s affinity for working with certain actors, it was speculated that Glau might eventually show up in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (premiering on ABC this fall), but it looks like DC has snatched her up first.
“Arrow” will attend San Diego Comic-Con next weekend, and returns to The CW on Oct. 9.