Arrow has hired Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine) as Tatsu Yamashiro, better known as Katana. Tatsu will act as a teacher and mentor to Oliver in his new off-island flashbacks. Fukushima is replacing Devon Aoki (Sin City) who was previously cast in the role. Aoki had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.
Rila Fukushima previously played a Marvel comic book character in Fox’s The Wolverine as the Kunoichi (female ninja) Yukio. Fukushima also models in her home country Japan.
Tatsu Yamashiro first appeared in The Brave and The Bold #200 in 1983. In the comics she is a widow who lost her children to a fire. She wields a katana that contains the soul of her dead husband, a katana that was used against him in a duel with his brother.
Arrow returns to the CW on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 for its 3rd season. Arrow’s 3rd season will introduce famous Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul, leader of the League of Shadows.