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'Arrow' Comic-Con 2012 panel: China White cast!

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Green Arrow fans are in for a treat.

At the Comic-Con panel for CW’s forthcoming drama Arrow, executive producer Marc Guggenheim announced that villain China White will appear on an upcoming episode. She will be played by X2‘s Kelly Hu.

Meanwhile, producers said Katie Cassidy, who plays Oliver Queen’s old girlfriend Laurel (the alter ego of Black Canary), will eventually be seen rocking her black fishnets. But it will happen “not as soon as you want but a lot sooner than you think.”

Other tid-bits from the panel?

+ Star Stephen Amell was the first person to audition for the role.

+ While producers had rave reviews for Justin Hartley’s portrayal of Oliver Queen on Smallville, they felt like that version of the character was not what they wanted for Arrow. “It’s part of the nature of vigilante. You want to do a dark story. You want to have a dark hero,” said Guggenheim. “You want to be able to explore those things and I don’t think with the tone that was established on Smallville we would have been able to go as dark as we went.”

Arrow premieres Oct. 10 on The CW.

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