Katie Cassidy Is Black Canary On The CW’s ‘Arrow’

The former "Melrose Place" and "Gossip Girl" actress will play Dinah "Laurel" Lance in the Green Arrow pilot.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last month, The CW unveiled its plans to produce a Green Arrow pilot called "Arrow," which promised to reboot the character after his previous appearances on "Smallville." And where there's Green Arrow, Black Canary is usually close behind.

According to TVLine, Katie Cassidy has been cast Dinah “Laurel” Lance, the alter ego of Black Canary. The previously released casting breakdown described her character as "28 years old, smart sexy, Laurel is a legal aid attorney determined to use her life as a one-woman war against the 1% following the death of her younger sister Sara. A sister, who as luck would have it, just so happened to have died aboard Oliver’s yacht."

In DC Comics, Dinah Lance is a formidable martial arts expert who takes on the Black Canary superheroine identity and has a "Canary cry" super power that is best described as a sonic scream. Black Canary was also frequently depicted as the partner and lover of Green Arrow prior to the recent New 52 reboot.

The role on "Arrow" marks a homecoming for Cassidy, who previously starred in "Melrose Place" and made extended appearances on "Supernatural" and "Gossip Girl" on The CW. Cassidy also had a leading role on the TV series "Harper's Island" and she has also appeared in the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Black Christmas," "When a Stranger Calls," "Taken" and "Monte Carlo."

Within the last ten years, Black Canary has been portrayed in live action by three actresses. On the short-lived "Birds of Prey" series, Lori Loughlin appeared as a Black Canary who was very close to her comic incarnation, while Rachel Skarsten played her daughter, Dinah; who had a completely different power set. More recently, "Stargate Universe" actress Alaina Huffman made several guest appearances as Dinah Lance/Black Canary on "Smallville."

On "Arrow," Cassidy is joined by Stephen Amell as Green Arrow/Oliver Queen, with David Ramsey ("Dexter") as Oliver's bodyguard, John Diggle and Susanna Thompson ("Once & Again") as Oliver's mother, Moira Queen.

If "Arrow" is ordered to series, it will likely debut next fall.

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