Arrow: The Wire Alum Cast as Villain

Coleman makes his debut in the Season 5 premiere

According to TVLineArrow wanted a performer who called to mind The Wire’s Stringer Bell — and came damn close: The show has cast the actor who played the acclaimed HBO drama’s Dennis “Cutty” Wise instead.

Chad L. Coleman will recur on Season 5 of the CW series as Tobias Church, an imposing gangster who is looking to unite the various criminal enterprises in Star City under his own singular command, reports.

As TVLine first revealed, a casting breakdown likened the heavy to Idris Elba’s Wiredrug kingpin and described him as a ruthless crime lord who sets out to fill the sizable void left by Damien Darhk and H.I.V.E.

Other incoming Arrow additions include Chicago P.D.’s Josh Segarra (in the series-regular role of D.A. Adrian Chase aka Vigilante) and Reaper alum Rick Gonzalez as the DC Comics character Wild Dog. Season 4 guest star Madison McLaughlin will also reprise her role of aspiring vigilante Evelyn Crawford, who adopts the superhero persona Artemis.

Coleman — whose other TV credits include The Walking DeadThe Expanse and Roots — makes his debut in the Season 5 premiere, airing Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 8/7c.


Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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