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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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