There’s a changing of the guard going on at Arrow, as one of Oliver Queen’s possible trainers and allies, Tatsu “Katana” Yamashiro has a new actress. Devon Aoki is out due to an ambiguous “scheduling conflict,” and Rila Fukushima is in.
You may remember Fukushima from 2013’s The Wolverine, where she played another brash lone warrior’s ally. As Yukio she wielded, appropriately enough, a deadly katana, and in her first scene showed off her skills with her sword named “Separator.”
Katana is one of two (so far) of the “Outsiders” from the recent arc in the Green Arrow comic book, alongside Komodo, implying some of that mythology might make its way into the show.