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Published On: Fri, Sep 23rd, 2016

‘Justified’ alum David Meunier joins ‘Arrow’ season 5 as Ishmael Gregor

Justified alum David Meunier has joined the Season 5 cast of the CW’s popular superhero series Arrow in a recurring role.

David Meunier as Johnny Crowder on "Justified"

David Meunier as Johnny Crowder on “Justified”

According to Deadline, Meunier will play Ishmael Gregor, “the slick and intimidating Pakhan (“Godfather”) of the Bratva, whom Anatoly (David Nykl) reports and takes a special interest in Oliver Queen.”

In the comics, Gregor was a Russian crime boss who craved the magical abilities of the demon Sabbac; but fans can expect Arrow to explore his more earthly ambitions.

Meunier, best known for his role as Johnny Crowder on FX’s Justified, most recently was a series regular on A&E’s Damien. He also appeared opposite David Duchovny on NBC’s Aquarius as Charlie Manson’s gatekeeper Roy Kovic.

Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) new recruits for Team Arrow are Curtis (Echo Kellum), Wild Dog (guest star Rick Gonzalez) and Evelyn Sharp (guest star Madison McLaughlin). He faces new villains: The Walking Dead star Chad L. Coleman in the villain role of Tobias Church, Joe Dinicol as mystical vigilante Ragman, and Marvel’s Jessica Jones star Wil Traval as Human Target, just to name a few.

Below is the official synopsis.

Arrow Season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5, on the CW.

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Arrow season 5:

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. Oliver returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), former police captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum). Newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City.

With Diggle back in the military and Thea adamant about hanging up her hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles, rather than allies, in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.

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