The CW's Flash spin-off series has found its Barry Allen

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Sep 13, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

With shooting set to start soon on the first few cameos, the producers of Arrow have finally cast the small screen version of The Flash. So, who will be bringing Barry Allen to life?

As has been rumored in recent days, Glee co-star Grant Gustin, 23, will portray The Flash in episodes 8, 9 and 20 of Arrow’s second season. He’ll also anchor the planned spin-off series, assuming The CW picks it up (which seems pretty likely at the moment).

He’s definitely an interesting choice, seeing as he’s almost a decade younger than Arrow star Stephen Amell, 32. The producers have said The Flash will have a lighter tone, and Gustin’s baby face definitely fits the bill.

This adaptation of the character will be introduced as a forensic scientist in episodes 8 and 9, with his return appearance in episode 20 serving as a backdoor pilot.

Along with the casting scoop, The Hollywood Reporter also scored a few more details about the character’s introduction. Here’s an excerpt:

Barry Allen is described a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante. 

The second season of Arrow debuts on October 9, and we should get to meet Gustin’s version of Barry Allen by the end of the year. Do you like the casting choice? Is it a good move?


(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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