Two new cast members have been added to The CW’s pilot for “The Flash,” one of them has a connection to the short-lived NBC “Flash” series.
On Monday it was announced that Tom Cavanagh, the Canadian actor known for his work on the NBC sitcom “Ed,” will play the role of Harrison Wells, the scientist who inadvertently creates The Flash.
During Season 2 of The CW’s “Arrow” Barry Gordon became The Flash after an accidental explosion at Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs. Wells, who is described as a “rock star” in the world of physics, is the man behind the Particle Accelerator, which is what turns Barry Gordon into “The Flash.” After the explosion Wells becomes a pariah, however he redeems himself when he discovers what his failed experiment created.
In addition to his work on “Ed” Cavanagh has also appeared on “Scrubs,” “Blue Bloods,” “Eli Stone” and “Royal Pains.”
The other cast member is John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Gordon/The Flash, in the NBC series from 1990. It is said he will play a “mysterious character” and that is all the details that were given. However if the series is picked up for a full run than his role would be expanded.
Shipp is also known for his work on “Dawson’s Creek” and daytime soap operas including “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.”
The casting for the series is now almost finished. One main role is left to cast and that is Hartley Rathaway, who goes onto become the villain Pied Piper. Grant Gustin will star as Barry Allen/The Flash; Jesse L. Martin as Detective West; Candice Patton as West’s daughter and Barry’s love interest, Iris; Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, a bioengineering expert; and Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne.
Production is scheduled to start up soon and if everything goes according to plan it will appear on the CW next fall.
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