Fall TV Preview
Arrow Season 5 Dolph Lundgren

Arrow Casts Rocky IV's Dolph Lundgren as Russian Big Bad

“I must break… Oliver Queen.”

Rocky IV opponent Dolph Lundgren has booked a recurring role on Season 5 of The CW’s Arrow, it was announced on Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“In our flashbacks, which are set in Russia this season, we are going to be bringing in Dolph Lundgren as a Big Bad,” showrunner Wendy Mericle said.

In addition to his iconic turn as Rocky Balboa’s Russkie rival Ivan Drago, the 6-foot-5 Swede’s credits also include the Expendables action franchise, The Punisher and Masters of the Universe.

Arrow Season 5 will feature a variety of fresh faces, including Popular alum Carly Pope (as a Coast City reporter), Chicago P.D.’s Josh Segarra (in the series-regular role of D.A. Adrian Chase aka Vigilante), Reaper‘s Rick Gonzalez as the DC Comics character Wild Dog, The Walking Dead‘s Chad L. Coleman as villain Tobias Church, The McCarthysTyler Ritter as SCPD Detective Malone, Blindspot’s Joe Dinicol recurring as Rory Regan aka the vigilante Ragman and former WWE grappler Cody Rhodes in a guest role TBA.

Arrow returns Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8/7c, where it now leads into the new drama Frequency.

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  1. Mike says:

    that is awesome is this Dolph Lundgren first time doing a tv show

  2. Rachel says:

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!!! So amazing!

  3. Nicole says:

    Didn’t anyone tell them that adding a billion cast members only hurts a show. There was barely anything for the established cast to do why at more! And enough with the flashbacks!

  4. Kevin K says:

    This is awesome. Hope Oliver Queen can channel his inner Rocky Balboa.

  5. Maria says:

    aka a real life rocket scientist. I cannot wait for this.

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Great casting news of Dolph Lundgren playing a big bad in the flashbacks in new season. he’s gonna be a great villain on the show with only villains they have in new season!

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  8. Bill says:

    Hahahaha I love how you mentioned The Punisher in his credits. I actually enjoyed thy cheeses version

  9. Rahajicho says:

    All of Arrow’s casting announcements have been underwhelming.

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  11. Betty Boo says:

    This is very cool casting news, and I’m excited for the new season of the show, but seeing all the new cast announcements written down like this emphasizes how very male-heavy the show cast is.

    Seven new male cast announcements compared to just one new female cast member, in a cast of series regulars that is already mostly men. That feels rather uneven. I still think this show could do a fantastically diabolical female villain.

  12. herman1959 says:

    I had no intention of watching Arrow next season, but I may have to reconsider because I have loved Dolph Lundgren FOREVER. But sitting through more flashbacks..ugh!