Tom Cavanagh Joins THE FLASH Pilot As A Hot Shot Physicist
The Flash pilot is filling up the final few spots left open on the roster for their pilot. Grant Gustin is Barry Allan, Jesse L. Martin is Detective West, Candice Patton will be our Iris West, and now Tom Cavanagh has been cast as Harrison Wells. That name should ring a bell if you pay attention to the news reports playing in the background of Arrow. Wells is the brains behind the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator that gave Barry Allan his powers. The Hollywood Reporter had a rundown of Cavanagh‘s new role.
Cavanagh (ED, Scrubs) will play Harrison Wells, a character THR describes 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 will have a substantial role in the series, if it gets picked up (which it probably will). He is responsible for the creation of the Flash, and only when the speedy hero burst onto the scene will we start to see the physicist get a little redemption after the accident leaves his career in ruins. Whether that past is heroic or villainous remains to be seen.
That leaves only one major role left to fill for the series: Hartley Rathaway aka the Pied Piper. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about that role in the very near future. Flash will start filming their pilot episode pretty soon, so the final few announcements, and our first look at the Flash‘s costume, will be coming before too awful long. What do you think of Cavanagh joining the cast?