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‘Arrow’ Signs Matt Nable As Ra’s Al Ghul

UPDATED: Austin Butler also joins series as romantic interest for Thea

Matt Nable will star as DC Comics’ famous villain Ra’s al Ghul in Season 3 of The CW’s “Arrow,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Providing much of the conflict this season, Ra’s al Ghul will be a recurring character starting with Episode 4. His presence has been foreshadowed since Season 1, with his organization the League of Assassins and his daughter Nyssa (Katrina Law) already playing key roles in the series.

“We have a really clever way of doing Ra’s this year that is true to the comic-book origins but different from the way Ra’s was portrayed in the (Christopher) Nolan movies,” said “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim at Comic-Con International in July. “You don’t want to compete with ‘Batman Begins,’ even though we’ve always said ‘Batman Begins’ was a big influence on us.”

And Nyssa “will absolutely play into the season and we have a really cool arc planned,” Guggenheim said. “The first time we see Ra’s (in the third season) is a scene between him and Nyssa.”

Nable is a former rugby player who went on to write and star in the rugby drama “The Final Winter” in 2007. He later appeared in “Riddick,” “Killer Elite” and “Underbelly.”

Also joining the series in a reoccurring capacity is “The Carrie Diaries” star Austin Butler. He will appear in Episode 7 as Chase, a DJ who becomes a romantic interest for Thea (Willa Holland).

Other characters along for the ride this season are Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), who becomes Atom; Ted Grant (J.R. Ramirez), who becomes Wildcat; Mark Shaw (David Cubitt), who becomes Manhunter and is an A.R.G.U.S. operative; Katana (Devon Aoki); a new Count Vertigo (Peter Stormare); Felicity’s mother (Charlotte Ross); and Maseo (Karl Yune).

“Arrow” follows billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) who, after being stranded on a hostile island for five years, becomes a street vigilante to combat his city’s rampant crime and corruption.

The series was developed by writer-producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Guggenheim, and is based on the popular DC Comics character Green Arrow.

See the Season 3 trailer here. The series premieres Oct. 8.

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