Arrow Scoop: Homeland Big Bad Cast as Oliver's New Foe

Exclusive! Navid Negahban will play an assassin named Al-Owal on the CW hit series when it returns for its second season

By Tierney Bricker Aug 22, 2013 5:00 PMTags
Navid NegahbanEthan Miller/Getty Images

The terror alert is going to be at an all-time high in Starling City this Fall. 

Arrow has cast its latest villain for season two and it's one of TV's ultimate baddies: Homeland's Navid Negahban, who played the terrifying terrorist Abu Nazir during the Showtime's hit first two seasons, is set to guest star as the villainous Al-Owal, we can exclusively confirm.

And Awwal isn't just your average foe as he has major ties to a group of baddies DC Comics fans know very well, which also connects him to Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Oliver's (Stephen Amell) biggest adversary in season one of the CW hit series.

Negahban will appear in episode five and is described as a formidable foe. Meticulous, driven, and deadly, Al-Owal, whose name in Arabic means "The First," is after someone very close to Oliver. Oh, and the man knows how to handle a scimitar.

DC Comics fans will surely geek out over Al-Owal's membership in the shadowy League of Assassins, which is headed up by Ra's Al Ghul, one of Batman's greatest foes (played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins). Guess who else was a member of the League? Merlyn, who planned The Undertaking to destroy the Glades.

Negahban, who is also known for his work on 24, is just the latest actor to join the CW hit for its sophomore outing: Dollhouse alum Summer Glau will recur as baddie and Caity Lotz will join the series as the Black Canary, who is also Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) sister. The series is also looking to introduce Dr. Brett Allen aka The Flash, who has the potential to land his own spinoff. 

Arrow returns for its second season on Oct. 9 on the CW.