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Arrow Season 5: The Wire Alum Cast as Stringer Bell-Like Villain

To bring to life its new baddie, Arrow 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, IGN.com reports.

As TVLine first revealed, a casting breakdown likened the heavy to Idris Elba’s Wire drug 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 Dead, The Expanse and Roots — makes his debut in the Season 5 premiere, airing Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 8/7c.