Arrow has begun casting for its third season, and its first new addition should be familiar to DC fans. According to Deadline, 2 Fast 2 Furious actress Devon Aoki will play Tatsu Yamashiro, aka Katana, in a “major” recurring guest role. The character is a Japanese martial arts expert who wields a katana, which is obviously the driving factor behind her codename. In the world of Arrow, Katana will be, “one of Oliver’s mentors in the flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to eventually become The Arrow of present day.” We saw Oliver in Hong Kong in the Season 2 finale, so it’s unsurprising that a character such as Katana will be present.
Katana has received quite a bit of exposure in recent DC projects. She received a spot in the New 52’s Justice League of America, and was spun off into a short lived solo title. She was also Batman’s sidekick in the animated series Beware the Batman. Also, we previously suggested Katana as a character we wanted to see on Arrow in a previous feature. Expect more casting soon, especially since it was recently confirmed that Season 3 footage will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con. Arrow returns to The CW on October 8th.