Variety is reporting that Vinnie Jones has signed on to Arrow for a three episode stint (episodes 10-12). Jones will play Danny “Brick” Brickwell a character who has a mysterious unrevealed origin but clearly is a metahuman who has a reddish, stony skin that grants him invulnerability and super-strength. His success as an underworld kingpin is due to his brilliant criminal mind rather than his superhuman powers. He’s known as “Brick” on the streets because he’s been shot dozens of times but never put down. Brick’s name was previously teased on the show as a corrupt businessman on Oliver Queen’s list of targets.
Brick first appeared in the Green Arrow comic book as a henchman and enforcer for various mobsters in Star City and also ran his own street gang. However, he had a brilliant criminal mind and higher aspirations to go with it. In the wake of the demonic attack against Star City, he began to expand his gang’s criminal activities, particularly drug sales, into areas left vacant by other criminal organizations.
One of Brick’s biggest crimes was when he used a suicide bomber to kill the mayor and district attorney of Star City. When he was arrested for it, he revealed that he had kidnapped the new mayor’s infant daughter (having bribed her security detail) and would kill her if he was not released immediately. Green Arrow was brought in to search for the child, but was unable to find her; Brick’s release seemingly proved that he is above the law.
Though unable to take Brick into custody, Green Arrow challenged Brick to a duel over who owns Star City. Not being able to best Brick in a test of strength, he shot a glue arrow into Brick’s mouth, blocking his throat and suffocating him. Rather than allowing him to die, Green Arrow saved Brick, warning him that should he step too far out of line, next time he will die. Since this incident, his interference with law enforcement and the political figures of Star City has either ceased or vastly subsided. In recent years Brick has been seen more as a morally complex vigilante but also seems to have no problems in breaking the law.
Arrow will be the live-action debut of Brick has previously appeared in the animated DC/WB series Young Justice and in a Green Arrow-centric DC Nation short on Cartoon Network.
“Arrow” has already cast a number of iconic DC characters in season three, including:
Brandon Roth as Ray Palmer (The Atom)
J.R. Ramirez as Ted Grant (WIldcat)
Nick Tarabay as George “Digger” Harkness (Captain Boomerang)
Amy Gumenick as Carrie Cutter (Cupid)
David Cubitt as Mark Shaw (Manhunter)
Matt Nable as Ra’s al Ghul
For Jones this will be another journey into superhero territory following his turns as Juggernaut in X-Man: Last Stand and Scales in The Cape (as well as Brian Michael Bendis announcing via Twitter on 28 July 2011 that Vinnie will be playing Johnny Royale in Powers ( a role that since since moved on to Noah Taylor).