The CW’s The Flash pilot has added yet another member to its cast, and this one is a trip in the way back machine for Gen-X nerds; according to Deadline, John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen in the original Flash television series which ran from 1990-1991 on CBS, is joining the show on what is said to be a “mystery role.” If the pilot goes to series (which it is almost a lock to do, I’d say, with this much advance buzz behind it), he will be a recurring cast member on the show.
So just who could Shipp be playing? Educated guess? (I guess I should say SPOILERS in case I’m right and you don’t want to know) He’ll probably play Barry’s father Henry Allen, who was falsely accused of killing Barry’s mother, which led Barry to the life of a crime scene investigator. Another possible guess is Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash, Barry’s arch nemesis. We already know someone named Thawne is part of the show, in the form of detective Eddie Thawne. Really left field guess is Jay Garrick, but I doubt they want to get into multiple earths so quickly.
As previously reported, Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns are writing the “Flash” pilot, which will be directed by David Nutter. The announced cast so far features Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West, Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Martin as Detective West.