John Wesley Shipp – who played The Flash in the short-lived 1990s CBS series – has boarded The CW’s upcoming pilot The Flash, TVWise has learned.
Shipp has been cast in the pilot in a guest role. The CW & Warner Bros. Television are keeping details of Shipp’s character under wraps, but should the pilot be picked up to series, he would be expected to recur. His casting comes as the pilot, which is being headlined by Glee alum Grant Gustin, is about to enter production. Other cast members include Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness), Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Candice Patton (The Game), Tom Cavanagh (Royal Pains) and Carlos Valdes.
The project was originally envisioned as a backdoor pilot that would air as an episode of Arrow, before CW execs decided that, while they would still introduce Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash in Arrow, it would be best to proceed with a traditional pilot. Said pilot follows Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensic 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. The drama project is being produced by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions with Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter serving as executive producers. Nutter is also attached to direct.