Yesterday I posted a story that claimed The CW had narrowed it’s choice for Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in Arrow down to three choices. At that point, only two names were known – James Mackay and Matt Barr. Well, the third name has now been revealed to be Glee‘s 23-year-old Grant Gustin. Again, another good option. Here’s the original article from yesterday…
With Barry Allen, aka The Flash, set to appear in the upcoming Season 2 of The CW’s Arrow, it’s already been stated that the first episode to feature the character is due to start filming at the end of September. That means a casting announcement should be imminent. Well, never one to have their fingers off the pulse, Latino Reviewclaim to have the scoop on who may just end up taking on the mantle of The Flash.
Firstly, the report claims that three actors have been invited back to screen test for the part TODAY. Sadly, their source only knows two of the names, so door number 3 remains a mystery for now. So, without further ado, here’s the options.
James Mackay – The 28-year-old Australian actor is the 2013 winner of the Heath Ledger Scholarship Award. He’s best known for his roles in theatre, as well as an appearance in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Obviously – I hope – the dark hair would have to go, with it replaced by a new blonde dye job.
Matt Barr – The 29-year-old actor is best known for appearing in Hatfields & McCoys with Kevin Costner. He’s also familiar for his roles in Hellcats (which also aired on The CW) and One Tree Hill. No need for a dye job here.
As mentioned, there’s also a third option, who is unknown at this point. Personally, out of the above two options, purely for the blonde hair, I’m leaning towards Barr, but either could do the job. Currently, Barry Allen is set to appear in three episodes of the upcoming season of Arrow, with the character – all being well – then getting his own spin-off show.
Arrow‘s Executive Producer Andrew Kresiberg, on the topic of casting Allen, recently said, “We’ll have to have somebody by September 30th, which is when we start shooting his first episode. So there is that timeline. But it’s been a really exciting process just getting to meet so many fantastic actors and seeing the enthusiasm that so many people around town have for the character. It’s just amazing – I have pictures of myself at age 4 holding a Flash and a Superman doll. That I’m sitting here writing the Flash and Green Arrow now, it’s more than my little nerd heart can bear sometimes.”
Season 2 of Arrow premieres on Wednesday, 9th October.
You can read my review of the upcoming Season 1 DVD release here.