Here’s another reason for me to finally make time to catch up on The Flash – it’s being reported that Mark Hamill will join the cast as James Jesse, aka The Trickster. Hamill actually played the character in two episodes of the 90s live-action TV show on CBS. He went pretty big with the role on that series, but even if he pulls it back just a bit for this one, The Trickster is still bound to be a particularly colorful character.
Apparently Hamill’s The Trickster will pop up in the 17th episode of the season. Hit the jump for more on what to expect from the new Trickster.
Here’s the description of the character from HitFix:
“Mark Hamill returns in a brand new interpretation of James Jesse (aka The Trickster), a role he originated on the 90’s ‘Flash’ series. In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original’s deadly footsteps. The episode will reunite him with John Wesley Shipp who went up against him as the original ‘Flash’ on the CBS version.”
The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg also added the following:
“Having Mark reprise his role as The Trickster was on our original wish list when we were planning our version of The Flash. Christmas and Chanukah came early for us this year when he said yes! We are beyond humbled and excited to have him joining us for another round of deadly trickery!”
Again, I’m way behind on The Flash so I’m in no place to speculate on how Hamill’s involvement might affect the course of the show, but after reading up on The Trickster, he does seem like a fun character with a unique set of skills that could keep things particularly lively and vibrant. If Hamill’s The Trickster is in prison, he probably won’t be doing many mind-blowing tricks with gadgets himself, but perhaps this copycat will. Plus, the Hannibal Lecter-type scenario could be the ideal way to dig deep and establish a layered version of the character.