Brace yourselves “Arrow” fans, there’s some news that you might not want to hear. After putting a nice little bow (pun intended) on the Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) relationship at the end of Season 3, it looks like a new love interest has been cast for the main hero.
The CW has cast 31-year-old actress Elysia Rotaru, who fans may remember from guest roles on “Supernatural” and the pilot of “iZombie,” to join the cast of Season 4 in a recurring role as a love interest for Oliver. It’s true that Oliver and Felicity finally rode off into the sunset at the end of last season, but don’t start flipping over tables just yet Olicity shippers - there’s more to this than you think.
According to E! Online, Rotaru’s character will only exist in flashbacks as a person formerly in Oliver’s life. Details of her character are being kept under a tight lock and key until the show debuts on Oct. 7, but that hasn't stop executive producer Marc Guggenheim from giving fans a tiny tease regarding the new casting.
“Oliver is going to have a love interest in the past that will serve as a parallel or potentially a contrast to his love affair with Felicity in the present,” he told Entertainment Weekly. As the outlet notes, these comments somewhat echo what Guggenheim previously revealed about the new season, only in reference to the casting of a new villain.
While Rotaru’s part remains shrouded in mystery, she’ll join an already jam-packed cast that’s getting even bigger in Season 4. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s the latest talent heaped onto the DC TV universe pile that includes Jimmy Akingbola (Baron Reiter), Neal McDonough (Damien Darhk), Alexander Calvert (Lonnie Machin/Anarky) and Echo Kellum (Mister Terrific). In addition, an “Arrow”/ “The Flash” crossover will be used as a backdoor pilot to introduce Falk Hentschel (Carter Hall/Hawkman) and Danish actor Casper Crump (Vandal Savage) before they spin off into their own series “Legends of Tomorrow” in 2016.
“Arrow” returns to the CW on Oct. 7 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.