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The CW’s Flash Series Lands Royal Pains Actor For Major Role

Actor Tom Cavanagh is the latest to join the cast of The CW’s next superhero series, Flash. Hit the jump to find out who he’ll be playing plus what will happen to The Flash himself if the show isn’t a hit. 

So far the pilot hosts Grant Gustin as Flash, Candice Patton as Iris WestJesse L. Martin as Detective West (Iris’ father), Rick Cosnett and Danielle Panabaker as Eddie Thawne and Caitlin Snow(potentially the Reverse-Flash and Killer Frost) and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon (aka superhero Vibe).

The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Cavanagh has been cast in the main role of Harrison Wells, described as a rock star in the world of physics. The mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator, he becomes a pariah after the lab’s explosion, but charts his path to redemption when he discovers that his failed experiment had the unintended consequence of creating the world’s fastest man.”

Cavanagh is known from his time on the NBC series Ed, as well as Scrubs and Royal PainsArrow viewers will remember the name Harrison Wells mentioned briefly during Barry Allen’s visit to Starling City. The name does not match up with any DC Comic character but THR says after his casting, “this leaves one main role open: Hartley Rathaway.” That’s the alias of the Pied Piper.

Meanwhile, executive producer Greg Berlanti spoke to Digital Spy about the future of the series. ”Fingers crossed we don’t screw it up and he gets his own show!” he joked. “If he didn’t, I don’t think we would ever want to let Grant go. He’s too valuable. That would be our hope, I think – no matter what, to keep Barry part of the universe.”

So there you have it.

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  • Stephen Sutherland

    It would be great to see the Pied Piper on the show, as he would add a great LGBT character to an already impressively diverse cast for a big CW show. I’m really looking forward to this.

  • Anonymous

    They had Piper dating the Flash’s boss for a while so maybe that’s how they’ll introduce him.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Hartley? HARTLEY? Eep!

    I’m still pretty much on the nope side of this fence for Reasons, but a sweet Hartley done well would be pretty aces. Especially if maybe they cast a nice-looking Singh…? (Also, James. You NEED James. You can’t have Hartley without James. They’re like burgers and fries, like eggs and toast, like…)

  • Jon E. Christianson

    Before most of the casting started, one of my major concerns for the show was the lack of diversity in the Flash universe. It is very male, very white, very straight.

    Fast forward and now we have Vibe, Killer Frost, racebent Detective West and Iris, and now the Pied Piper? It’s apparent that they’re rather aggressively pursuing a more diverse Flash universe and I love it.

  • Forrest Rogers

    I thought he would make a great tv universe’s Jason Garrick

  • TheChief

    I wonder if “Harrison Wells” is supposed to be somewhat based on the New 52 character Dr. Darwin Elias.