In 2013, Rila Fukushima played the role of Wolverine’s “bodyguard” in the film, The Wolverine. But now, it seems she’s heading over to an entire universe away to the CW’s Arrow to be cast as Tatsu Yamashiro, the deadly sword wielder known in the DC Universe as Katana.
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Deadline reports that Fukushima will be playing the role of Katana in the upcoming third season of Arrow in place of Devon Aoki. The apparent reason for Aoki’s departure from the series was a large amount of scheduling conflicts. The part is described as a “Major recurring” role as Katana plays an important role in Oliver Queen’s flashbacks for the upcoming season. She’s also described as being “One of Oliver’s mentors in his flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to become the Arrow present day”