The CW has added two new faces to cast for its pilot for The Flash – The Game alum Candice Patton and Broadway actor Carlos Valdes.
The Flash, a spinoff of Arrow, stars Grant Gustin (Glee) as Barry Allen/The Flash, a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling City to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. After a freak accident, Barry is struck by lightning and imbued with super speed. The origin series follows in the footsteps of previous superhero series on the network such as Smallville.
Candice Patton will play the female lead, Iris West, the graduate student daughter of Detective West (Jesse L. Martin). Described as quick-witted and a fast talker, Iris is Barry’s best friend and future love interest.
Joining Patton as a series regular is Carlos Valdes. He’ll play Cisco Ramon, a mechanical engineering genius and the youngest member of the team of scientists at STAR Labs. Coming from humble beginnings, Cisco overcame his upbringing by using his intelligence and skills to reach his potential. He’s described as loyal and eager; will provide comic relief. He also happens to be a comic book fan, like Barry.
Other cast members include Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness) as Caitlin Snow, a bioengineering expert; and Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries) as Detective Eddie Thawne.
Arrow showrunner Greg Berlanti, along with Arrow exec Andrew Kreisberg and DC’sGeoff Johns will write and executive produce The Flash. David Nutter will helm the pilot in addition to producing. Berlanti Productions exec Melissa Kellner Berman is attached to co-executive produce.
The project is from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions.