In a bit of a casting change-up, The Wolverine actress Rila Fukushima has replaced Sin City‘s Devon Aoki as Katana on Arrow‘s upcoming third season. Aoki landed the role back in July, but has had to leave the series due to a scheduling conflict.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Katana is the alter-ego of Tatsu Yamashiro, a Japanese woman who’s skilled with a blade and has a knack for martial arts. She’ll debut in the season premiere in flashback sequences depicting Oliver Queen’s time in Hong Kong under A.R.G.U.S. custody.
Katana is just one of many DC Comics characters headed to the series, as we’ll also be seeing Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer a.k.a. The Atom, Matt Ward as the dangerous archer Komodo, Peter Stormare as the New 52 version of Count Vertigo, J.R. Ramirez as boxing champion and vigilante Wildcat, and David Cubitt as Manhunter.
Arrow returns for its third season on Wednesday October 8th, 2014 on the CW.