The Walking Dead’s Chad Coleman Cast as New Arrow Villain

IGN brings word that former The Walking Dead star Chad L. Coleman has been cast in the recurring villain role of Tobias Church for the upcoming fifth season of Arrow. The character is reportedly described as “an imposing gangster looking to unite the various criminal enterprises in Star City under his own singular command.” The outlet notes that the character will be making his debut in the Season 5 premiere of the series.

Fans may know Colemon mostly for his role in The Walking Dead as Tyreese, though he previously gained notoriety as Dennis “Cutty” Wise on HBO’s The Wire.

He joins an ever-growing cast for Arrow Season 5, which also features Rick Gonzalez (Rush, Mr. Robot) as Wild Dog, Josh Segarra as Vigilante, Madison McLaughli as Evelyn Sharp, and the previously-seen Black Canary impersonator Evelyn Sharp as the vigilante Artemis. 

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, John Barrowman as Malcom Merlyn, with Paul Blackthorne as Detective Lance. The series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter.

If you missed an episode of Arrow or just need a refresher on what happened you can read our weekly recaps to catch up. Arrow season 5 will premiere on Wednesday, October 5.

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