THE FLASH Reveals John Wesley Shipp’s Role on the New CW Series

     May 27, 2014

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Like father, like son.  We’ve known for some time that John Wesley Shipp, who played the title character in the early 90s version of The Flash, would be starring in at least the pilot of the new CW series.  Today, it was revealed that Wesley Shipp would indeed by playing Dr. Henry Allen, father to the title speedster Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).  Now, Arrow has already established the predicament that the elder Allen lands himself in after a mysterious assailant breaks into their home, so it will be interesting to see how the pilot handles this particular origin story. 

In addition to Gustin and Shipp, the new series will also feature Tom Cavanagh as physics “rock star” Harrison Wells; Jesse L. Martin as Detective West; Candice Patton as West’s daughter and Barry’s love interest, Iris; Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, a bioengineering expert; and Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne.  Hit the jump for more.

john-wesley-shipp-the-flashHere’s what The Flash series executive producer Greg Berlanti had to say about Wesley Shipp’s role:

“Given his history with The Flash, Andrew, Geoff and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry’s father and that was John Wesley Shipp. He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at Dawson’s Creek. He’s a great actor and a great guy.”

Steve had a chance to watch the pilot recently.  Here’s his reaction (via Twitter):

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