For a while it has been known that John Wesley Shipp would be playing a recurring role in the upcoming new “The Flash” series on The CW.
Now, the details of his role have been revealed – Shipp will be playing the father of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in the “Arrow” spinoff. Shipp is first seen in the premiere episode and will recur throughout the show’s run.
The casting is spot on considering Shipp played Barry Allen/The Flash in the short-lived 1990s TV series based on the DC Comics title. Executive producer Greg Berlanti tells The Live Feed:
“Given his history with The Flash, Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] 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.”
Berlanti previously worked with Shipp on “Dawson’s Creek”. This isn’t the first CW series to pull of this style casting. Teri Hatcher filmed a cameo as Ella Lane, mother of Erica Durance’s Lois Lane, in an episode of the final season of the now finished “Smallville”.